Torres TKO's Tapia, keeps WEC title
Proving once again why he is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world,
Early in the championship fight at WEC 37, Torres showed his versatility by using a nine-inch reach advantage over his opponent, landing jab after jab that Tapia struggled to deal with.
While Tapia was able to land a few solid body punches throughout the first round, it was Torres who seemed as if he was toying with his opponent hitting jabs and combinations that kept him off balance all night.
Before the fight ever started, Torres had commented that he felt he'd be more than comfortable on the feet with Tapia. He showed his dominance during the fight as well.
Torres hit Tapia with hard shots repeatedly, but to his opponent's credit he was able to survive and still come forwards early on.
It was the second round that put Tapia away as Torres landed two different punches in the session that hurt him, the second of which brought about the end of the fight.
Torres landed a big right hand that put Tapia down and immediately the champion jumped on him, hitting some stiff elbow shots and a few more punches before referee
"Last time I fought I got kind of emotional, I got kind of crazy. If I calm myself, I fight like this pretty much all the time," Torres said after the fight about his performance. "I knew Manny was going to come with big punches. I wanted to keep my range, use my jab to measure him up, and throw a couple of fakes and hit him with a big right hand."
With two title defenses under his belt and 35 wins to only 1 loss, Torres proved once again why he is one of the best fighters in the world. He reiterated that he wants to continue to face only top talent in the future as well.
"The next step is to fight the next person in line, whoever that may be. The WEC has a lot of great 135-pounders out there. I'm here to fight the best in the world," Torres stated.
That next step may be a title defense against undefeated 135-pound fighter
Bowles kept his spotless record intact at WEC 37 by defeating top 10 fighter
R2- Torres landing jab after jab snapping Tapia's head back. Tapia lands a good right hand that Torres doesn't respond to. Spinning back fist by Torres. The crowd chants, Torres, Torres, Torres. Straight right hand by Torres that sends Tapia to the canvas. Tapia gets back up and Torres clinches and delivers knees. A left-right combination sends Tapia to the canvas again. Torres swoops in and finishes him with strikes on the ground.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Wagnney Fabiano.
R2- Tamura with a knee to start the round. Fabiano answers with punches and Tamura lands a kick to the body. Fabiano gets the takedown while Tamura works his rubber guard. Fabiano postures up and lands a few hammer fists. The referee stands them up with 1:20 left in the round. Tamura with a kick to the body Fabiano shoots and gets a double leg and moves to side control and then mount. Fabiano goes for an arm bar as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Fabiano.
R3- Fabiano works for a takedown after a brief exchange and Tamura puts on a guillotine choke. Fabiano works out of it using the cage to walk over the leg. Fabiano in side control and moves to mount before moving back to side control. Fabiano postures up and lands hammer fists and elbows causing a cut to Tamura's forehead. Fabiano applies a head and arm choke forcing Tamura to tap out with just seconds left in the fight.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Brian Bowles.
R2- Ribeiro opens the round with a leg kick, but it's Bowles with a combination to follow. Bowles catches a leg kick and in the scramble, ends up on the bottom. Bowles lands a solid up kick and works his way back to his feet. Ribeiro lands a combination. Bowles secures a takedown and Ribeiro applies a guillotine. Bowles gets out and works from half guard. The referee stands them up with 23 seconds to go in the round. After a short exchange, Bowles gets another takedown.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Bowles.
R3- Ribeiro picks up the pace. Bowles catches another kick and lands a big right hand. Ribeiro shoots for a takedown and Bowles puts on a guillotine and finishes the fight.
MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Benavidez.
R2- Benavidez opens the round attempting to land high kicks but they miss their mark. As Martinez tries to close the distance, he's met with combinations. It's Benavidez setting the pace, picking his shots. After landing a couple of knees from the clinch, Benavidez works for a takedown but Martinez defends and they're back standing. Martinez flurries in the final seconds but nothing landed clean.
MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Benavidez.
R3- Martinez tries to push the action as the round begins but Benavidez keeps him at bay with push kicks and leg kicks. Benavidez is carrying his hands low. Benavidez lands a flying knee followed by an uppercut. Martinez catches Benavidez with a left hand followed by a knee to the body that stuns Benavidez. The round ends with the fighters clinched against the cage.
MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Martinez.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Haskins
R2- Haskins clinches Hendricks early and takes him against the cage. Haskins looks to now have blood streaming from the top of his head, Hendricks now lands a massive left, now taking control he unloads punch after punch until the referee has seen enough and the fight is stopped.
-Mark Munoz vs. Ricardo Barros R1-Barros grabs a kick from Munoz and they end up against the cage. Barros takes Munoz to the ground with Barros on his back, closing the buard on Munoz. Munoz transitions to side control and rains down punishment on Barros. A continued barrage of leather by Munoz ultimately leads to the referee halting the contest.
Mark Munoz def Ricardo Barros by TKO (Strikes) at 2:26 R1
R2- Nunes giving serious kicks early on and they then clinch up and separate. Province trying for a takedown putting pressure on Nunes. Nunes taking Province up against the fence. The two exchange body shots and knees to the abdomen by Province. Both working out of the clinch as they brake as the fighters go to the ground. Province now in Nunes guard and Nunes goes for the armbar but time runs out MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Province
R3- Nunes connects with a big leg kick, and Province clinches Nunes up but Nunes fights his way out of the bad situation. The fighters end up on the ground and Nunes moves to Province's guard as he closes it and takes a few elbows and punches to the head from Nunes. Nunes stays on top, continuing to rain down strategic elbows with Province in full defensive posture. Province trying to get his right leg over Nunes head but continuing to be punished by Nunes. Province's left hand is trapped and he has but one had to defend. Nunes trying to push the pace, but Province slowing the pace with his defence, the referee brings them to their feet. One on their feet Province gets a knee to end the round.
MMAWeekly Scores the round 10-9 for Nunes and the bout 29-28 for Province.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Karalexis
R2- Karalexis connects with a few body shots, and Palaszewski connects with a big leg kick and takes Karalexis to the ground. Palaszewski follows but cannot finish him, but Karakexis is noticeably rocked. They stand and exchange again, Palaszewski gets Karalexis with a roundhouse right kick and catches Karalexis with a shot to the right ear and the referee stops the fight
R2- Takaya lunges and clinches up Swanson. The fighters tumble to the mat and then get up and seperate. Swanson connects combinations and Swanson connecting with a several power punches. Takaya connecting with inside leg kicks and Swanson connects with a nice right, get a toss and Swanson takes him down and gets the mount. Takaya gives him his back and Swanson tries the figure 4 body lock, Takaya dropping his chin to avoid choke. Takaya switches sides and Swanson continues to try and get the submission but time runs out. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Swanson
R3- Takaya gives a big left and Swanson answers. Takaya continues to give leg licks, Swanson grabs Takaya's leg and takes him down. As Swanson pressures Takaya against the cage, Takaya uses the cage to his advantage while the fighters continue to scramble. The fighters stand and seperate. Takaya connects with a knee and a huge leg kick that now is noticabaly affecting Swanson. They clinch up and move against the cage. Referee tells them to pick up the pace as they continue to rest against the fence. The fighters end up on the mat with a judo throw from Takaya to end the round MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Swanson and the fight 30-27 for Swanson.