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WEC 37 (December, 2008)

135 lbs. Title – Miguel Torres [1] vs. Manny Tapia [16]

MMA Record: Torres (34-1); Tapia (10-0-1)

Result: Torres winner by 2nd round TKO.

Miguel beat Tapia at his own game, striking. He had a 9-inch reach advantage and used it to jab and circle for most of the fight. He would mix in a few kicks, a spinning back fist and even a rolling ax-kick. Torres looked untouchable. For my money, he’s one of the top 5 exciting fighters in MMA. He’s a must-see. Tapia’s stock doesn’t go anywhere. Losing to one of the sport’s masters is acceptable. Torres stays at 1. Tapia stays at 16.

135 lbs. – Brian Bowles [4] vs. Will Ribeiro [7]

MMA Record: Bowles (6-0); Ribeiro (10-1)

Result: Bowles winner by 3rd round submission (guillotine choke).

Brian Bowles is extremely unassuming. He looks like an average guy and he isn’t overwhelming in his fighting style. He comes in, touches gloves, and quietly dismantles his opponents. Will Ribeiro is an Olympic Boxer and Bowles out-boxed him (albeit boxing in MMA is nowhere near the same as standard boxing). Bowles has no known weaknesses and he’s strong in all areas. Miguel Torres has his toughest fight ahead of him with this guy. Bowles rises to 3. Ribeiro drops to 8.

145 lbs. – Akitoshi Tamura [8] vs. Wagnney Fabiano [12]

MMA Record: Tamura (12-6-2); Fabiano (10-1)

Result: Fabiano winner by 3rd round submission (arm-triangle).

I actually loved this fight. It was spent almost entirely on the ground and could have been mistaken for a jiu-jitsu match. I’m glad the referee recognized that these were two of the best grapplers in the world and let them go strength for strength. Fabiano is making a very strong case for being the best grappler in the sport. I was amazed by how savvy he was with his jiu-jitsu. He may have to develop his striking and become more exciting to the common fan but jiu-jitsu has been doing him well. Fabiano rises to 6. Tamura drops to 14.

135 lbs. – Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez

MMA Record: Benavidez (8-0); Martinez (12-2)

Result: Benavidez winner by unanimous decision.

Benavidez came in with a lot of hype but he couldn’t put away Martinez. Joseph would throw highly explosive flurries but then resets himself after each one. The flurries remind me of Wanderlei Silva but instead of continuing with the assault by clinching and throwing knees, Benavidez jumps back out of striking range. There’s no questioning his athleticism and quickness however. Benavidez debuts at 23.

145 lbs. – Hiroyuki Takaya [13] vs. Cub Swanson [27]

MMA Record: Takaya (9-5-1); Swanson (12-2)

Result: Swanson winner by unanimous decision. Swanson rises to 19. Takaya drops to 23. 

155 lbs. – Bart Palaszewski [63] vs. Alex Karalexis

MMA Record: Palaszewski (29-11); Karalexis (9-3)

Result: Palaszewski winner by 2nd round TKO. Bart rises to 61.

170 lbs. – Johny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins

MMA Record: Hendricks (3-0); Haskins (4-1)

Result: Hendricks winner by 2nd round TKO.

Hendricks has a lot of hype but he needs to beat an established opponent or win a few more in a row to be ranked.

November 28, 2008 - Posted by | MMA Analysis | , ,


  1. I’m watching right now and Bowles just won. I’m interested to see where you put him after this fight. For my money he’s number two.

    Comment by Mike | December 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. Bowles and Torres really impressed me (as they tend to).
    Sadly WEC 37 ranks pretty low in my list of top events of 2008 (from what I got to see).
    I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t get to see the Bartimus fight.

    I don’t know what he keeps starting so slow.
    He managed to lose round 1 against Jeff Cox before smashing him and it looks like he did the same against Karalexis.

    I was quite disappointed by Fabiano/Tamura.

    I am excited about FW and BW expanding. Getting the best guys into one place is often good for the sport.

    What can be done with Condit? Any idea what WEC should do with him? The WW division feels empty.

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | December 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. I put Bowles at 3 becuase Ueda in Japan is also undefeated. There’s no way to compare them since neither has lost and they don’t fight the same opponents.

    I was underwhelmed by the show also. They should do a countdown show a la the UFC. Four fights also leaves you wanting more. I’m not sure what is preventing them from doing 3 hour shows? It’s not like Versus can’t afford to give them an extra hour.

    Bart is never going to be at the top of the Lighweight division IMO. He should be crushing guys like Karalexis and Cox.

    I hope they don’t do Condit vs. Larson II. I’d move Carlos to the UFC and match him vs. Jake Shields. I would also sign guys like Forrest Petz, Drew Fickett, Nathan Coy, Mike Pierce, Tony DeSouza, Delson Heleno and T.J. Grant to bolster the division in the WEC.

    Comment by Kevin | December 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. I agree that Bartimus isn’t a top guy, but I’m still a fan.
    It is very frustrating to watch him look like he’s no match for a low ranked guy in round one and then destroy them, outclass them, round two.

    That looks like a great overhaul for WEC, a very separate roster from the UFC, but still very talented.

    I can’t figure out the wisdom for having two hour WEC events. I suppose UFNs were two hours, finally they grew to three hours. Maybe WEC will follow suit.

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | December 7, 2008 | Reply

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