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Hype Videos: Bowles vs. Cruz, Dos Santos vs. Gonzaga


This Saturday’s WEC 47 card presents a bantamweight title fight between two guys who have more similarities than differences. Champion Brian Bowles and challenger Dominick Cruz both came from underprivileged backgrounds, but put their lives on an upward trajectory thanks to athletic competition, specifically wrestling. Both are undefeated at 135 pounds, and have dominated their opponents with a relentless, well-rounded attack. Cruz says this matchup is one of "power vs. speed," but both competitors bring plenty of each. The only real difference is their finishing percentage. While Bowles has stopped all eight of his professional fights, Cruz has gone the distance on his last four (scoring unanimous nods on all of them).

Bowles’s shock upset of Miguel Torres last August reminded us of another changing-of-the-guard in the WEC: Mike Brown‘s dethroning of Urijah Faber in 2008. In both cases, the challengers used solid fundamentals and raw power to overcome flashier, risk-taking champions. But as Mike Brown himself learned, it isn’t easy to hang on to the belt when there’s always another younger, hungrier challenger coming up behind you. Could this be the year that Dominick Cruz breaks out?

After the jump: Junior Dos Santos discusses his 3/21 matchup with Gabriel Gonzaga, and promises that you’ll see his jiu-jitsu skills one of these days.


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A Body Like Chucks- March 4, 2010 at 12:08 am
Im going for Bowles to retain his championship belt, and for Dos Santos by tko due to strikes. Kinda easy if they stay standing, but then again cant really count out Gonzaga he needs a desperate win, Gonzaga needs to use his Jiu-jitsu and submit JDS, which by the way is JDS's only loss, i believe it was due to a kimura or arm bar.
robthom- March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm
Poor Gabe.
He seems like a nice kid but he's just getting smothered out of this new roster. He's a decent fighter, but there's just no way for him to get some serious traction against these guys.
One Two- March 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm
He has some awesome training partners and some physical gifts but the guy was a waiter 4 years ago, you can't really just pick up Jiu Jitsu in a couple years. he some how managed to pick up striking though, so who knows.
PortlandMMA- March 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm
Why would JDS get tapped so quickly by Gonzaga? Doesn't Dos Santos train with Big Nog like everyday?
Nealio- March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm
I hate fights when I want both guys to win...
Gonzaga has always been my boy, do I got him. I think Dos Santos may be more explosive but Gonzaga is the better fighter (and more rounded).
bigskymma- March 3, 2010 at 10:08 am
I highly doubt JDS is showing his Jits against Gonzaga. That is unless he wants to get tapped quickly.
One Two- March 3, 2010 at 10:07 am
Is this shit free??? i thought they were gonna start charging.

i got my money on Gonzaga
PortlandMMA- March 3, 2010 at 8:03 am
Call me crazy but I see Cruz winning this fight, his only loss was up a weight to Urijah and he impressed the hell out of me in the Benavidez fight. As far as Gonzaga and Dos Santos go, Dos Santos is going to beat his ass.