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Bart Palaszewski vs. Karen Darabedyan
Round 1 - Fighters spend the first thirty seconds circling and feinting. Combination from Darabedyan to body and head lands. Body lock to takedown. Bart grabs a shoulder lock while Darabedyan pounds with hammer fists. Palaszewski regains guard. Palaszewski works for an armbar, but Darabedyan uses punch jiu jitsu to get out. Darabedyan in half guard up against the fence. Darabedyan with big punches from guard. Two minutes left in the round. Darabedyan with more punches. Palaszewski tries to work for armbars and triangles without getting past the setups. Darabedyan loses his base, Palaszewski finally locks in an armbar and Karen is forced to tap!
Bart Palszewski submits Karen Darabedyan by armbar at 4:40 of round 1.
Deividas Taurosevicius vs. LC Davis
Round 1 - Classic Joe Rogan black guy vs. white guy matchup. Taurosevicius steps in, Davis counters with an underhook to his left side and presses the Lithuanian up against the fence. Fighters trade knees and body shots. Taurosevicius reverses the positions while the fighters continue to trade shots. Davis returns to dominant fence clinch. Referee steps in and breaks the fighters back to striking distance in the middle of the cage. Stiff right jab from Davis. Taurosevicius misses with a left hook, Davis grabs and body lock and pushes him back into the fence. Big elbow from Davis. Taurosevicius turns Davis and shoots for a single. Davis stuffs it and gets back to dominant position. Big knee form Davis. Single leg attempt from the Lithuanian is stuffed by Davis. Bloody Elbow's Mike Fagan scores round 1 10-9 Davis.
Round 2 - Fighters trade back and forth to open the round. Single leg shot from Taurosevicius is stuff by Davis. Taurosevicius yanks and Davis sprawls before the Lithuanian completes the takedown. Davis wall walks to his feet after a couple shots from Taurosevicius. More clinch work along the fence. Taurosevicius landing patient shots to the body and head. Alleged low blow from Taurosevicius is ignored by referee. Davis turns Taurosevicius around now. Lots of good clinch work. Davis complains about another low shot that is again ignored. Referee breaks the fighters up again. Good left hand from Davis. Clinch again against the cage. Taurosevicius drops down for a single. Davis stuffs. Round ends on the fence. Bloody Elbow's Mike Fagan scores the round 10-9 for Taurosevicius.
Round 3 - Davis opens up with two combos and a counter right. Fighters surprisingly suck each other into the clinch. Taurosevicius wraps Davis up with a body lock. Nice elbow from Taurosevicius. Fighters break organically into striking distance. Lots missed single strikes. Davis tries a takedown and were back in the clinch. Referee separates again. Davis with a big left and lands a double leg takedown. Taurosevicius grabs his leg in a half hearted Rubber Guard attempt. Davis throwing to body while Taurosevicius throws to the head. Referee breaks and stands the fighters up. Davis biffs on a jumping knee and Taurosevicius lands a nice right. Round ends...on the fence. Bloody Elbow's Mike Fagan scores the round 10-10, and the bout a 29-29 draw.
One judge scores it 29-29, and the other two score it 29-28 for your winner, by majority decision, LC Davis.
Jens Pulver vs. Javier Vazquez
Round 1 - Vazquez pushing foward, throwing combinations. Pulver throws a low kick; Vazquez catches and works a takedown. Pulver grabs a guillotine. Vazquez rolls and gives up top position. Vazquez escapes and Pulver stands up. Single leg from Vazquez. Pulver tries to grab another guillotine and Vazquez ends up on his back after a scramble. Pulver creates another scramble and finds himself in Vazquez's guard. Pulver stands, throws some lazy kicks. Vazquez explodes into a takedown and gets in guard. Side control for Vazquez. Pulver is trapped in a crucifix. Short, repeated hammer fists from Vazquez. Pulver escapes the crucifix, but Vazquez takes the back. Vazquez in the mount. Pulver has a huge mouse on his head. Vazquez spins into an armbar and Pulver is forced to tap!
Javier Vazquez submits Jens Pulver by armbar at 3:41 of round 1.
Scott Jorgensen vs. Chad George
Round 1 -Fighters circle. George shoots for a takedown. Jorgensen locks on a guillotine. Jorgensen pushes George up against the cage. And George is forced to submit!
Scott Jorgensen submits Chad George by guillotine at 0:31 of round 1.
Miguel Torres vs. Joseph Benavidez
Round 1 - Schwarzenegger/DeVito Twins level of size difference here. Slow start to the round. Torres circling around. Benavidez lands a combo as Torres throws a leg kick. Benavidez starting to come forward. Benavidez overhand right misses by a half inch. Good exchange. Benavidez catches a leg kick and puts Torres on the mat. Butt scoot for a few seconds before a return to standing. Benavidez throws strikes to obtain the clinch. Torres reverses and puts Benavidez against the fence. Takedown from Benavidez. Torres throws heel strikes to the kidneys. Scramble leads to Benavidez side control. More heels to the thigh. Welt starts to grow on Benavidez's thigh. Benavidez with a couple short elbows. Able to posture up and throw a couple punches. Twenty seconds left in the round. Benavidez stands up as the round ends. Bloody Elbow's Mike Fagan scores the round 10-9 Benavidez.
Round 2 - Fighters are picking their spots to open the second round. Torres doesn't seem able to utilize his huge reach advantage here. Big inside leg kick from Benavidez. Jab from Torres. Another jab. Torres slips a combo. Another jab as Benavidez throws a leg kick. Jab. Benavidez sets up a takedown with strikes and starts throwing punches and elbows. Torres is cut and is bleeding profusely. Benavidez relentless now and locks on a guillotine. Rolls into mount and then back. Torres taps!!! Joseph Benavidez ends the fight with a guillotine choke as Torres paints the mat purple with blood.
Joseph Benavidez submits Miguel Torres by guillotine choke at 2:57 of round 2.
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Pettis
Round 1 - Slow feeling out period to start the fight. Trade strikes at the forty second mark. Leg kick from Castillo. Castillo ducks under a right and ends up in guard. Pettis stands back up. Pettis dancing around Castillo. Lazy flying knee misses by three feet. Castillo with a knee to the groin, and the referee halts the bout. Short recovery period before the restart. BIG LEFT HIGH KICK puts Castillo on the mat. Big ground 'n' pound follow up before the referee steps in and is forced to stop the fight.
Anthony Pettis knocks out Danny Castillo at 2:17 of round 1.
Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz
Round 1 - Cruz trades a leg kick for a Bowles right hand to start the round. Cruz bouncing around. Bowles throwing with bad intentions. Cruz playing chicken with Bowles power shots. Cruz doing a good job of creating weird angles. Big uppercut from Bowles lands. Jab from Cruz. Big right hand from Cruz lands. Another big counter right. Bowles looks a little wobbly. Nice jab from the champion. Cruz has not slowed down three minutes into the round. Anotehr counter right as Bowles walks in. Nice body shot from Cruz. Bowles comes back with a combination, but gets taken down as he tries to sink in a guillotine. Bowles in half butterfuly guard against the cage. Cruz pulls away and we're standing again. Low kick from Cruz. Left-right low kick from Cruz is answered with a overhand right. Horn sounds. Bloody Elbow's Mike Fagan scores the round 10-9 Cruz.
Round 2 - Cruz still dancing around. Another counter right from Cruz as Bowles jumps in. Nice low kick from Cruz. Nice stiff right from Bowles slows Cruz down for a second. Bowles catches a kick, but Cruz counters with another right hand. That counter right is the story of the fight so far. Cruz with a nice multi-strike combo that ends with Bowles getting trip by a low kick. Bowles is confused with how to handle Cruz's movement. Bowles catches a kick and Cruz eats a right. Another left-right-low kick combo from Cruz. Bowles keeps shaking his right hand out. Bowles shoots for a single, but Cruz stuffs it. Inadvertant low blow has Kevin Mulhall halting the bout. Bowles has blood trickling out his nose. Mulhall restarts the bout after a minute. Bowles pushing forward with strikes. Cruz weathers and throws a nice knee. Bowles with a nice combination. Cruz ducks under a right hand and hits a nice takedown. Horn sounds. Bloody Elbow's Mike Fagan scores the round 10-9 Cruz.
We come back from commercial to a doctor stoppage. It's unclear for what reason.
Dominick Cruz defeats Brian Bowles by TKO due to injury at 5:00 of round 2 and becomes the new WEC bantamweight champion.
Bowles admits to breaking his hand with his first punch during the post-fight interview.