WEC 42: Miguel Angel Torres Loses Title In Dramatic Fashion

Brian Bowles caught Miguel Angel Torres with a perfectly placed counter right hook to earn a TKO victory over a fighter many considered to be right at the top of the ‘pound for pound’ list.

Brian Bowles used a counter right hook late in the first round to defeat Miguel Angel Torres by TKO and win the WEC Bantamweight title in the main event of another exciting fight card from Zuffa’s promotion showcasing the lighter weight classes.  Though Bowles entered as a highly respected, undefeated challenger his stoppage victory over Torres—a fighter who ranked high atop most ‘pound for pound’ best lists—has to be considered one of the major upsets of the year.

In his postfight interview, Bowles was clearly pleased but not exactly surprised by the result.  His comments indicated that he’d been very well prepared for Torres’ considerable skills and though he conceded that he’d been stung by the punching barrage waited for the opening to throw the right hook that ended the fight.  Bowles displayed considerable class in victory, and Torres conducted himself in a matter befitting a champion as he accepted the defeat. 

A rematch between Bowles and Torres is almost inevitable, but there’s plenty of talent in the WEC bantamweight division.  The semifinal bout on the card pitted two of these competitors in what may have been an elimination match for #1 contender status as Dominick Cruz handed feisty Joseph Benavidez his first professional loss via unanimous decision.  The unorthodox and insanely athletic Benevidez had a good deal of trouble with the superior height and reach of Cruz.  Benavidez managed to give a good account of himself, but in the end the physical disparity along with Cruz’s repeated takedowns and sharp striking skills spelled the difference in this matchup.

I would like to take a moment to congratulate Rory and Adam Singer of The Hardcore Gym on this great achievement. Congrats guys, couldn’t be happier for you.

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