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Bowles Knocks Out Torres at WEC 42; Frank Mir on Suicide Watch

(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Nothing lasts forever — even cold November rain, and the seemingly untouchable bantamweight championship run of Miguel Torres. No, Torres did not ruin Brian Bowles’s boyish face at last night’s WEC 42, as many (everybody?) assumed he would. Instead, Bowles nearly knocked the former champ’s mullet off during a violent belt-taking that was reminiscent of Brown vs. Faber 1.

Torres was in trouble from the beginning of the match, as Bowles sent him to the canvas with a heavy right hand. After Bowles dropped some elbows from the top, Torres was able to kick Bowles off of him. Moments later, Torres launched forward with a barrage of punches that had Bowles on his heels, but Bowles fired off a sharp right hook that dropped Torres again, and started throwing down bombs until Torres was in dreamland. Brian Bowles — who picked up a $10,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for his shocking of the world — is the new WEC bantamweight champ. “No excuses,” Torres said after the fight. “Brian is going to be a good champion, but he’ll see that the responsibilities that go along with being the champion are not easy.”

Bowles/Torres wasn’t the only upset at the event. Dominick Cruz overcame heavy favorite Joseph Benavidez in a bantamweight match, using his frantic pace and aggressive wrestling to score a unanimous decision win. The thrilling three-rounder scored both men $10,000 Fight of the Night checks; Cruz will most likely get the first shot at Brian Bowles’s title.

In other action, Rani Yahya earned his third-consecutive WEC victory as well as the event’s Submission of the Night bonus by choking out John Hosman in the first round of their fight. Leonard Garcia used his striking to squeak out a split-decision victory over Jameel Massouh, despite being caught in a d’arce choke attempt in the second round that nearly put him to sleep. And the L.C. Davis/Javier Vazquez featherweight bout that was moved over from Affliction: Trilogy ended in a controversial split decision victory for Davis, after Vazquez controlled the majority of the fight with his standup. Full results are below…

– Brian Bowles def. Miguel Torres via KO, 3:57 of round 1
– Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision
Danny Castillo def. Ricardo Lamas via TKO, 4:15 of round 2.
Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Curran via split decision
– Leonard Garcia def. Jameel Massouh via split decision

Cole Province def. Fredson Paixao via unanimous decision
Shane Roller def. Marcus Hicks via unanimous decision
Ed Ratcliff def. Phil Cardella via unanimous decision
– Rani Yahya def. John Hosman via submission (north-south choke), 2:08 of round 1.
Diego Nunes def. Rafael Dias via unanimous decision
– L.C. Davis def. Javier Vazquez via split decision

CLARIFICATION: Frank Mir is not really on suicide watch; it was just a joke, geniuses. Although he did score the first round 10-9 for Torres…

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KingAtRock- August 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm
Yeah Frank is sickeningly biased towards Torres. I heard him say "there he goes for a choke" when he just moved his arm, me and my buddies laughed at that one. Oh well Torres is a warrior, he'll be back.
Bootylam- August 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Saw that shit too "Dewey defeats Truman!" WTF? Bet they figured it was a foregone conclusion. Bowles is a badass. My wife was all happy because Mir's face was healed and not completely ruined " because he got fucked up by Brock!"
831 Son- August 10, 2009 at 11:20 am
Im still laughing about how Frank got his ass handed to him against Brock Lesnar. And yea he was tearing up for sure when his little butt buddy Torres got KO'd.
llbunbaoll- August 10, 2009 at 11:12 am
I laughed at Frank Mir when Torres got knocked out, you could hear in his voice that he was about to cry.
Bloodlust- August 10, 2009 at 11:11 am
Well after what happened with Arlovski, you guys could have clarified what you actually meant by "Mir's suicide watch". I watched the fight so I knew what it meant. Mir sounded like he was holding back tears during his analysis on the ko replay. Even with some clarification though, the statement is in poor taste since it seems to are looking to capitalize on AA's recent troubles by working it into a headline that will get you a few more clicks. Shoddy journalism to say the least.
GetUpAndKill- August 10, 2009 at 10:41 am
^ Yeah fuck BJ !!!!

BTW...the nose on your happy face is gay. You're welcome.
sxjohnson- August 10, 2009 at 10:33 am
Bens.... Though I think you're hilare you have to consider your average reader IQ.............. just kidding, but seriously- Joking about suicide just a week after Andrei Arlovski's "Russian Rullet confession" ... tisk tisk.

Can we get back to hating on BJ now? :-)
KuJudo- August 10, 2009 at 9:17 am
Man, it must be somber around the ESPN MMA Live studio. The only person who hasn't lost a fight recently is John Anik.

Mir, Bonnar, Florian, and now Torres are all getting their asses kicked. The only one who didn't get KTFO is Bonnar, and he lost to a dinosaur. Time to bring in a new team that knows how to win.
825IVER- August 10, 2009 at 9:03 am
I thought Torres was in trouble on losing the belt ever since the Takeya fight.

Dojima- August 10, 2009 at 8:51 am
personally, I am happy to see Torres lose his belt... the dude is just a whiny punk who aint so tough, now... I mean, how the fuck do you say some shit like "i wont lose, I will die in that ring" , " No one ever gave me a hug before" , and then follow it up with such a weak loss and then say "The responsibilities that go along with being the champion is not easy" as if to say his tough guy facade cracked under the increased exposure and media scrutiny... Sounds to me like right after he says "no excuses" he offers up an excuse.. my guess is he bought into his own hype and thought he was some Anderson Silva of the WEC, but really isnt all that awesome...
Biffmiester- August 10, 2009 at 8:47 am
@ UFC is now the best:

Word!! I checked the friggin' WEC website and it said the same retarded thing, that Torres KO'd Bowles. My brother was arguin' with me cuz he didn't catch the fight and saw Torres won the WEC site, and I'm like dude check all the other friggin' sites (even that trash site Sherdog).

Anyways, mullets are so yesterday. Today, badasses rock the Blagojevich.
Diggler- August 10, 2009 at 8:21 am
I went to bed last night knowing CP would have some funny shit to say about Mir's nuthugging of the WEC's little guys. Thanks for not disappointing Ben's. Hilarious.
Casa de los pantelones- August 10, 2009 at 8:19 am
It's because miguel shaved off the dirty sanchez 'stache...just like when liddell came out to different entrance music before he fought just don't change things on a whim like that; torres got his strength from the dirty sanchez and he should not have shaved it off.
Dmonicideals- August 10, 2009 at 8:16 am
@One Two:

I had him at +600ish I believe.

All I know is my 4k netted me 80k between Bowles and Cruz both winning.
BackbaconBilly- August 10, 2009 at 8:16 am
The Mir comment was fuckin gold, lighten up peeps.

Anyhoo, damn thats the turd fighter who I wanted to win, "LOSE" this wknd, good thing i didn't actually throw any good beer money down on them.
Art Gibs- August 10, 2009 at 8:15 am
I hate Mir as a commentator. He has diarrhea of the mouth. And, like the title of this post suggests, is super biased in favor of particular fighters.
Chri534.- August 10, 2009 at 7:56 am
Wow, some people really are that stupid...I thought it was a great title.
Juice- August 10, 2009 at 7:55 am

Smooth, fail.

RichieRichNY1- August 10, 2009 at 7:49 am
"Terminator Says:
Mon, 08/10/2009 - 07:41
So Mir is on suicide watch and nobody says anything about it ever on about anything ever suicide how the article where nobody mentions anything????!!!11


I read this three times and gave up trying to make sense of it. Now my head hurts...thanks.
Terminator- August 10, 2009 at 7:41 am
So Mir is on suicide watch and nobody says anything about it ever on about anything ever suicide how the article where nobody mentions anything????!!!11

Tobias Borg- August 10, 2009 at 7:36 am
"WTF, so you say Frank Mir is on suicide watch in the title and completely don't say anything about it in the article? Smooth"

Levi Jones- August 10, 2009 at 7:31 am
Am I the only one that thought Massouh got robbed? He definitely lost the first round after being dropped and despite mounting an offense after that. But, I don't see how you give round 2 or 3 to Leonard. He got dominated in the second and missed everything in the third while being out-pointed with jabs.
J Akuma- August 10, 2009 at 7:21 am
Welcome to the internet, fellas. The "Frank Mir suicide watch" thing... it's a joke. The guys on this site do that a lot.
PaalSunde- August 10, 2009 at 7:14 am
dumb title! Its a little too deep youknow..
Sheps- August 10, 2009 at 7:12 am
WTF, so you say Frank Mir is on suicide watch in the title and completely don't say anything about it in the article? Smooth

Either way Torres will easily beat Bowles in a rematch. Bowles does have the face of a boy, a mentally retarded boy.

I wonder how many people did the "Crazy bet" on Bowles knocking Torres out in the first round just because the odds were probably so good, I bet the bookies are fucking furious.