WEC 37 fight-by-fight preview
WEC bantamweight champion
These two were originally scheduled to meet at WEC 34, but a nagging knee injury forced Tapia out of the fight and for the second time he had to pull out of a scheduled title challenge. Expect this fight to be an all-out war between two of the most exciting fighters in the WEC bantamweight division.
The strategy for each fighter is simple. Tapia needs to keep the fight on the feet because that's where he has the best shot at pulling off the upset by landing a fight ending combination. Torres on the other hand is well versed on the feet, but has a distinct advantage on the ground that he should use.
These two will go toe-to-toe for the first part of the fight, but as soon Torres gauges his chances on the feet against Tapia, he'll take the fight to the ground and finish him off with a submission sometime in the second round.
Hardcore Gym bantamweight
Bowles has been on an absolute tear since he made his WEC debut, finishing all three of his opponents within the distance. Ribeiro looked impressive on the feet in his debut against Beebe. That has vaulted him to the top of the bantamweight division.
Both fighters are fairly strong on the feet, but Ribeiro has the pedigree and technique, having trained with the Brazilian Olympic boxing team. Bowles' safest bet will be to get the fight to the ground and work for a submission as Ribeiro's biggest weakness is his ground game.
This is going to be a back-and-forth battle between two of the premier fighters in the bantamweight division with the winner likely getting a title shot. Expect them to go toe-to-toe for most of the fight, but as the bout wears on, Bowles will take the fight to the ground and lock on a submission late in the fight.
IFL featherweight champion
Both fighters will be making their anticipated WEC debuts, as they are seen as two of the premier featherweights in the world. Whoever comes out the winner will put himself in a good position for a possible shot at the WEC featherweight title in the near future.
Fabiano is obviously one of the better ground fighters in mixed martial arts today, having finished most of his fights by submission. Tamura has shown that he can adapt a successful game plan and fight to his opponent's strengths, but he might want to keep this fight on the feet.
Tamura's best chance at winning will be to sprawl and brawl, preventing Fabiano from taking the fight to the ground and locking on a submission. Although Fabiano showed that he has knockout power, Tamura is elusive enough that he can successfully pot shot his way to a decision.
Look for Fabiano to stay persistent in his takedowns and eventually get the fight to the ground after a struggle and lock on a submission midway through the fight.
Both fighters will be making their WEC debuts and will be looking to make an instant impact on the division with a statement in this fight. Don't expect the fight to go the distance, as neither fighter will be holding back anything in their arsenal.
Benavidez trains with former WEC featherweight champion
These two will trade takedowns with a furious ground scramble ensuing, which will give Benavidez the opening he needs to lock on a submission on the overwhelmed Martinez.
Team Takedown wrestler
NCAA wrestling champion
Local fighting sensation
Brazilian submission fighter
IFL lightweight contender
Southern Californian standout Cub Swanson faces off with heavy-handed Shooto veteran
NCAA wrestling champion