Brian Bowles vs Dominick Cruz
What an awesome fight this will be. A classic power vs speed match-up for the bantamweight title. Brian Bowles, the champ, makes his first title defense seven months later after suffering a hand injury on Miguel Torres’ face. Bowles feels some what disrespected after a lot of people have called his win over Miguel Torres “lucky” and will come in with a chip on his shoulder. Bowles has a strong wrestling background and a right hand loaded with dynamite. Cruz has some of the best movement in the MMA game. His head, hands, and feet speed is just ridiculous. To beat Brian Bowles, Cruz will have to use his leg kicks to keep distance between them and out point the champ. If Bowles closes the distance, Cruz might be taking a nap. Cruz showed great take down defense in his fight with Joesph Benavidaz and will need it again tonight because Bowles has a great top game with underestimated submissions. Cardio shouldn’t be an issue for either fighter. This should be an extremely exciting fight from start to finish.
Prediction: Brian Bowles def Dominick Cruz by TKO – Rd. 3
Miguel Torres vs Joesph Benavidez
Miguel Torres’ rise back to the top of the bantamweight division starts tonight. Torres’ is hungrier and more focused than ever heading in to this fight, and that is an incredibly scary thought. Alpha Male prospect, Joesph Benavidez has risen to the top of the division pretty fast with his high paced kick boxing technique. His wild stand up game might be his downfall tonight, with Torres having the much more crisp boxing. I see Torres landing a right hand fairly early knocking down Benavidez, then pouncing on him to get the TKO or submission victory.
Prediction: Miguel Torres def Joesph Benavidez by TKO – Rd. 1
Javier Vazquez vs Jens Pulver
Both fighters in this one desperately need a victory Saturday night. Jens Pulver has been contemplating retirement after four straight losses while Vazquez has been on the wrong side of two split decisions in his WEC career. Pulver, a legend of the sport, in my opinion just doesn’t offer much now at the end of his career. If Josh Grispi and Urijah Faber both can submit Pulver, the jiu-jitsu black belt Vazquez should have no problem.
Prediction: Javier Vazquez def Jens Pulver by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 1
LC Davis vs Devidas Taurosevicius
Taurosevicius may of had his best fight of his career against Mackens Semerzier in last fight. His wrestling was outstanding, and his submission defense was impenetrable against a guy that submitted Wagnney Fabiano. LC Davis has had an impressive run in his short WEC career as well, winning a decision against Javier Vazquez and Diego Nunes, who was previously unbeaten. I like Taurosevicius to have pretty much the same game plan for Davis as he did for Semerzier, and should be able to excute it the same. This fight may not be very pleasing to the eyes, but it could cement Taurosevicius as the next #1 contender for the winner of Aldo vs Faber.
Prediction: Devidas Taurosevicius def LC Davis by Unanimous Decision
Karen Darabedyan vs Bart Palaszewski
Karen Darabedyan may have had the best WEC debut out of anybody. He was a huge underdog against the former WEC lightweight champion, Rob McCullough. Darabedyan completely out classed McCullough in every way. If he can do that against McCullough, he should have no problem with Palaszewski.
Prediction: Karen Darabedyan def Bart Palaszewski by TKO – Rd. 2
Chad George vs Scott Jorgensen
Scott Jorgensen has been on a mission as of late to get his name in the title picture. After upsetting Takeya Mizugaki, Jorgensen put himself on the map. At WEC 47 he takes on the veteran Chad George. Both fighters are well-rounded, but i believe Jorgensen is a little better in each area. I expect a boxing match for most of the fight and occasionally Jorgensen getting a take down to wear down his opponent. I like Jorgensen to land a big shot in the first or second round, and finish him off on the ground.
Prediction: Scott Jorgensen def Chad George by TKO – Rd. 2
Erik Koch vs Chad Mendes
Chad Mendes is the latest Team Alpha Male to make his way to the WEC roster. He is a two time All-American wrestler out of California Polytechnic State University. Mendes will most likely take Koch down, but it’s his submission defense that must be on key. Five of eight victories for Koch have come by submission. I expect Mendes’ top control to be smothering, so Koch will have a difficult time trying to grab an arm or a leg. Close Fight… tough one to call.
Prediction Chad Mendes def Erik Koch by Unanimous Decision
Danny Castillo vs Anthony Pettis
Castillo is a member of Team Alpha Male, training with Urijah Faber. He was an NAIA All-American wrestler for Menlo College. Pettis has a background in Tae Kwon Do and has won three fights by way of KO/TKO with two of his submission victories also coming via strikes. These fights are the toughest to call…
Prediction: Danny Castillo def Anthony Pettis by TKO – Rd. 3
George Roop vs Leonard Garcia
This is George Roop’s last chance to make it in a Zuffa promotion most likely. A tough task awaits him this evening in the former #1 contender Leonard Garcia. Loser of 2 of his last 3 fights, Garcia will be incredibly hungry to stay atop the elite fighters in the featherweight division. George Roop has a solid ground game, but finds himself in stand up wars quite frequently. Against Leonard Garcia, that could prove to be fatal.
Prediction: Leonard Garcia def George Roop by TKO – Rd. 2
Courtney Buck vs Fredson Paixao
Courtney Buck could be in for another troubling night inside the WEC Cage. In his fight with Brandon Visher, his boxing style was just wild. Buck may have power in those hay-makers but in the WEC you’re fighting the best in the world. Paixao should have no problem getting this fight to the ground, where Courtney Buck isn’t dangerous at all, unless drastic changes have occurred in 3 months. If Fredson Paixao can avoid the big KO punch in the first couple minutes of the fight, i believe the fight is his.
Prediction: Fredson Paixao def Courtney Buck by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 1
Bendy Casimir vs Ricardo Lamas
Solid opening fight for the WEC 47 card. Bendy Casimir makes his WEC debut bringing a solid jiu-jitsu game with him to the cage. Ricardo Lamas comes in with a strong wrestling background and steady improving kick boxing skills. I see Lamas controlling the fight on the feet, and earning take downs with ease to ensure the judges that the round belonged to him. As long as Lamas doesn’t get caught in one of Casimir’s guillotine chokes, Lamas should earn an easy decision victory.
Prediction: Ricardo Lamas def Bendy Casimir by Unanimous Decision