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WEC 37 Liveblog: Small But Mighty

("No, I hate you more!" Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

Miguel Torres aims to make his second bantamweight belt defense against the undefeated Manny Tapia, Brian Bowles and Will Ribeiro scrap for the chance to take on the winner, and top featherweights Wagnney Fabiano and Akitoshi Tamura make their WEC debuts. Not too shabby a night for sub-lightweight MMA, if you ask us. Hit that "Read More" link and refresh the page every few minutes to get all the latest updates from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez (bantamweights)
Whoa, a lady referee! Kim Winslow tells the guys to "touch ‘em up"!
Round 1: The fighters clash and Benavidez pops a knee to the body. Benavidez throws some nasty kicks, and Martinez tries for a takedown. Benavidez stuffs. Martinez misses a punch and pays for it big-time, eating a flurry of punches. Benavidez charges in with more punches. Martinez tries for the takedown again, and grabs onto Benavidez’s back. JB spins out with a backfist. He throws a front kick, misses a roundhouse, then lands a straight right and tosses Martinez to the mat. He works for a shoulder-lock from the top as the round ends.

Round 2: Benavidez starts out with some kicks, then fires some punches in a clinch. Martinez jabbing but not landing. Nice leg kick from JB, and more counter-punching. Mir calls out Martinez for not throwing any combos. Benavidez lands a nasty knee to the face. The round ends with DM charging in.

Round 3: Martinez whiffs a body punch, then gets teep-kicked. Benavidez firing some wild strikes — not much damage, but they’re brushing DM back. Another teep. Leg kick JB. Martinez tries for a takedown and fails. Benavidez tees off with a punch, flying knee, and head kick. He pops DM with a right straight. Martinez grabs the clinch and gets in a sharp knee. Flying knee from DM misses the mark and the horn sounds as the fighters clinch.

Joseph Benavidez def. Danny Martinez via unan. dec. (30-27 x 3). Good job, lady ref!

Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro (bantamweights)
Round 1: Reverse kick from Ribeiro misses. Bowles lands a big uppercut, then another in a clinch. Both guys trade shots. Leg kick from WR, then a reverse kick that lands. Ribeiro shoots and almost gets caught in a guillotine. WR slips out but Bowles winds up on top, throwing short elbows. And the horn.

Round 2: Bowles catches a kick but botches the takedown and Ribeiro lands on top. Bowles escapes and dodges a head kick. Bowles scores a takedown, and WR tries for his own choke, which fails. Bowles reverses and gets on top. Yves Lavigne stands ‘em up, and they fire some punches before the fight briefly goes to the ground and the round ends.

Round 3: WR lands a hard right hook, and Bowles answers. WR shoots again, and gets caught in the guillotine, for real this time. Ribeiro taps immediately. Brian Bowles def. Will Ribeiro via guillotine choke, 1:11 of round 3.

Wagnney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura (featherweights)
Fabiano comes out to the Rocky theme. The Brazilians, they love Stallone.
Round 1: Body kick Tamura. Fabiano takes AT down and gets on top. Fabiano working for a choke, but loses it. Fabiano slips in some elbows. A bit of a stalemate on the ground; the crowd is restless. Tamura has Fabiano’s leg locked up. The round ends. Mir thanks the ref for not standing the fighters up. High-level competition, really. 

Round 2: Fabiano takes Tamura down after landing some heavy punches, but Tamura threatens a triangle choke from the bottom. Fabiano drops a big elbow from the top. Tamura has WF’s leg locked up again. Steve Mazzagatti stands ‘em up and Tamura lands a body kick. WF shoots again and moves to side-control, then the mount. He almost grabs an armbar as the round ends.

Round 3: Wagnney shoots into a guillotine choke, but uses the cage to flip himself out of danger, then gets on top. He slugs Tamura’s face from side control, then moves to half guard. Tamura is cut badly on his forehead. Fabiano working for the arm-choke, and gets it just before the round ends. Glad that’s over…

Wagnney Fabiano def. Akitoshi Tamura via head-and-arm-choke, 4:48 of round 3. Most disappointing fight of the year?

Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia (bantamweight championship match)
Round 1: Jab from Torres wobbles Tapia. Double-kick from Torres, and Tapia swings back. Nice jabs by Torres. TORRES WITH THE HAROLD HOWARD CARTWHEEL KICK! It misses but who cares! Tapia charges in with a punch combo in the round’s closing seconds.

Round 2: Solid right from Tapia. Torres answers big with punches, a backfist, and a kick. Huge right from Torres sends Tapia to the mat. Tapia scrambles his feet but gets cracked again and pounded the fuck out on the ground. Miguel Torres Remains The Truth.

My laptop’s acting shifty, so I’ll sign off now. Time to watch TUF!

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Anonymous- December 5, 2008 at 9:37 am
A Bantamweight bout?
Christersonw- December 4, 2008 at 12:53 am
Checkout my channel on youtube for the pre-talk for this match
B- December 4, 2008 at 12:17 am
It must make you feel bad as a bantamweight that the brass thinks your so small that a woman is enough to hold it down.
Josh Aint Thug- December 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm
dana white was right. of course theres a possibility gina carano could come to the wec, and tonight was just evidence that it can happen. all she has to do is pass her certification test and she'll be officiating matches in no time.

Emo Sux- December 3, 2008 at 10:25 pm
Miguel Angel Torres!!! I love the way he always come out to CHENTE!!!! All you mexicans know what I'm talking about!!! EMO SUX!!! ARRIVA LOS NORTENOS ANTI EMO MEXICAN SKUMNFF!!!
Anonymous- December 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm
sorry but that looks like gay porn
Anonymous- December 3, 2008 at 9:05 pm
Poop Chute- December 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm
There's another championship match happening tonight: My Hand Vs. My Penis. It's their 103,767th rematch. I always win. Except for those three "no contests".
Anonymous- December 3, 2008 at 7:13 pm
frank mir- December 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm
i want torres' nuts
Jcast- December 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm
that chick ref cop a feel hahahaha
rodeo- December 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm
that fight sucked
cake- December 3, 2008 at 6:35 pm
"certainly not a sexy fight"

ThatsRowdy- December 3, 2008 at 6:30 pm
wow, I didn't realize people were still rick rolling...asshat! lol
rodeo- December 3, 2008 at 6:28 pm
ThatsRowdy- December 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm
Man these fights are going by slow...this is supposedly over at 9, but that is less than an hour away with two fights still left. There have been sooo many commercials!! I was hoping that the Bart Palasewski vs Alex Karalexis fight would be shown. I already know the result, but I would still like to see the fight!!
bantamweights- December 3, 2008 at 6:04 pm
are some of the most exciting fighters. just cuz theyre little doenst mean shit about how talented of how tough they are
Lorne- December 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Who can take guys seriously when they weight the same as Herpes Hilton?
Gina Carano's boobs are heavier than both these guys put together.

Its like watching Tom Cruise fight Stallone or the cast from Little People Big World go at it.

Technoviking is always good but the song...dude, that song...
did you know that his name is harry?
guillotine- December 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm
It kills me that as good of a fighter/announcer/jiu jitsu practitioner Frank Mir is...he still cant pronounce GUILLOTINE properly..ugh
ROBOT- December 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm
you know who should be baking a cake? that lady ref thats who!
cake- December 3, 2008 at 5:45 pm
hahahahahahaha time to bake a cake. thats awesome
cake- December 3, 2008 at 5:45 pm
she should be, how did she get out of the chains connected to the kitchen?
Rick- December 3, 2008 at 5:42 pm
Damn it.
rodeo- December 3, 2008 at 5:40 pm
well since we are dropping links check this out
Rick- December 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm
Thanks for the link rodeo. I actually figured it would be a link to a youtube video of "techno-viking bakes a pretty cake. "

although now that I mentioned it: