There was quite a bit of hoopla surrounding Saturday night’s “WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz” event, and it certainly lived up to much of the hype. Unfortunately for the card’s superstars, it was the underdogs that stole the show and assured themselves a title fight in their next appearances.
One person that will most definitely find himself in a 5Round championship bout is newly-crowned bantamweight king Dominick Cruz. Although Brian Bowles was a heavy 3-to-1 favorite to retain his crown, it was the 24-year-old Cruz that walked away with the belt while bumping his record to an impressive 12-1.
“I wasn’t sure I was just going to go in there and just pick somebody apart,” Cruz said during the post-fight presser. “I had confidence in what I was going to do and I just make sure that my training partners are beasts. [They’re] 155 pounds and they all hit hard and they move fast and they’re all maniacs at Alliance Training Center.”
In the evening’s co-main event, Joseph Benavidez’ utter destruction of former 135-pound stud Miguel Torres was not only a sight to see for WEC brass as they witnessed the arrival of their latest superstar, but gamblers were stoked to have the night’s biggest underdog (+270) come in.
“After the 1stRound, when I went back to my corner, I just felt really good,” Benavidez stated. “I saw his jabs. I saw everything he was throwing. I felt faster and that was kind of a turning point after that 1stRound. I just realized that I’d seen everything and I just went out there and believed in myself.”
Props to the WEC for strategically hosting a bantamweight top contender and championship fight on the same card. In one successful swoop, they managed to showcase their up-and-coming talent while creating significant buzz for an impending mulligan between Cruz and Benavidez.
However, don’t give them too much credit as it was the underdogs that made the event what it was.