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WEC 37 Quick Results, Bonuses + Analysis

(Props to smoogy; Tapia somehow felt this was an early-stoppage.)

Due to the lengthy main card fights and care-free pacing of last night’s WEC show — yes, we get it, there’s going to be another Punisher movie, and Urijah Faber has no fear — we didn’t get to see any undercard scraps. Which is unfortunate, since two of them were worthy enough to produce end-of-night bonuses. First, the full results:

Miguel Torres
def. Manny Tapia via TKO, 3:04 of round 2
Wagnney Fabiano def. Akitoshi Tamura via submission (arm triangle), 4:48 of round 3
Brian Bowles def. Will Ribeiro via submission (guillotine choke), 1:11 of round 3
Joseph Benavidez def. Danny Martinez via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Johny Hendricks def. Justin Haskins via TKO, 4:07 of round 2
Mark Munoz def. Ricardo Barros via TKO, 2:26 of round 1
Diego Nunes def. Cole Province via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Bart Palaszewski def. Alex Karalexis via TKO, 3:49 of round 2
Cub Swanson def. Hiroyuki Takaya via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Shane Roller def. Mike Budnik via submission (guillotine choke), 1:01 of round 1

$7,500 bonuses were handed out to the following fighters:

— Featherweights Cub Swanson and Hiroyuki Takaya for their three-round throwdown that stood out as the Fight of the Night.
— IFL vet Bart Palazewski for knocking out TUF 1 alum Alex Karalexis.
— Brian Bowles for his guillotine choke over Will Ribeiro.

Spend it wisely, men. A few morning-after thoughts on the event past the jump…

As if I wasn’t disappointed enough after WEC 36, I’m even more upset now that Urijah Faber lost his title to Mike Brown. If Faber was still the featherweight champion today, a Torres/Faber superfight would be a no-brainer to headline the WEC’s first pay-per-view show. I think that fight still needs to happen at some point, though the lack of a "champion vs. champion" hook hurts it from a marketing standpoint. That being said, Brian Bowles definitely earned his shot at the bantamweight belt last night. Hopefully Will Ribeiro learned a lesson about shooting in on guys whose chokes are that good.

Joseph Benavidez should just go ahead and change his nickname to "Baby Faber." Great wrestling + wild, unpredictable striking = scary dude with tremendous potential. Danny Martinez was never in that fight.
I expected more fireworks from the Fabiano/Tamura match, but blame for the positional stalemates on the ground should be placed on Tamura, not Fabiano. Tamura’s strategy seemed to be entirely defensive. His "lockdown" technique on Fabiano’s legs may have stopped his opponent from ending the fight sooner, but not once did he threaten Fabiano with anything offensive. It’s a shame that Fabiano might be judged as a boring fighter by people seeing him for the first time. He should be the one taking on Urijah Faber next, not Jens Pulver for a second time. (Don’t get me started on Faber/Pulver II. It’s a needless rematch with too much downside for both guys.)

Miguel Torres is a straight-up killer, dog. There’s not much else you can say. The only way his domination of Manny Tapia could have been more complete is if he landed that Harold Howard kick and knocked Tapia out. "Totally fucking epic" would be an understatement if that happened…

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Anonymous- December 4, 2008 at 7:39 pm
Do you train at team Curran?
jdavis- December 4, 2008 at 12:24 pm
"Now those fights are in the abyss never to be seen by anyone."

If by never to be seen by anyone you mean "featured on an episode of WEC Wrekcage in a month or two" you would be correct.
DDT- December 4, 2008 at 9:22 am
Seriouly. If you are going to have an event and pay fighters a bunch of money then why wouldn't you try and show as many of those fights as possible. The idea being that people get to know the fighters that are up-and-comming better and therefore have more interest in seeing them fight again. It is so annoying that the Fight Of The Night in the last two shows has gone untelevised. Now those fights are in the abyss never to be seen by anyone.
M@TT- December 4, 2008 at 9:15 am
What pissed me off the most:

The fight car started at 7pm. The first fight went 3 rds to a decision. Three 5 min rds + two 1 min breaks = 17 minutes.

The second fight didn't even start until 7:55. WTF was all that filler about? I'm gonna hug Munoz's nuts a little, but I would have loved to see his 2:26 rd1 tko.
Kimbo is Crap- December 4, 2008 at 8:59 am
anyone got any links to these videos? i wanna see Wagnney Fabiano def. Akitoshi Tamura via arm triangle.. i fucken love arm triangles. hahaha
Mescan_Judo- December 4, 2008 at 8:00 am
Once again this shitty VS channel does not air any of the undercard. They should find a way to extend the broadcast somehow. I understand they must have commercials but man they don't have to drown the event with them. Assholes.
M@TT- December 4, 2008 at 7:47 am
1. Fabiano had the submission of the night. There was no room to get that hold and somehow he squeezed between his opponent and the cage and did it anyways. Bowles got lucky. Granted, he stood toe to toe with an olympic boxer and frustrated him to the point that boxer became wrestler with catastrophic results. Then again, Bowles almost got the same move once before in the fight. His opponent showed that he's not elite mma and has poor ground game, negating that sub of the night bonus

2. Torres is a bad man. I wish that spinning backfist did more damage, Shonie-Serra style, but nonetheless.

MC- December 4, 2008 at 7:40 am
I nearly shat myself when I seen Torres' Harold Howard tribute.
Fenix- December 4, 2008 at 7:35 am
Torres is a beast! I wish he would get the respect and Top P4P aknowledgement that he deserves. Also, I really apreciated the Chente music both Tapia and Torres came out to.
MrFeexit- December 4, 2008 at 7:19 am
Torres is one damn all around humble hardworking talented skilled long reaching mofo. The guy gives back to his community in a big way and fights like he means it. Looking forward to a long career for him. Wish some of the undercard was shown. One main card fight had me dozing off and I missed the finish.
ThatsRowdy- December 4, 2008 at 7:17 am
Way to dominate Bartimus, and show the world how much Team Curran kicks ass!!!!
mike`- December 4, 2008 at 6:59 am
torres is awesome, fuck yeah right
Scar Tissue- December 4, 2008 at 6:39 am
Goddamn it's a joy to watch Torres move.
google- December 4, 2008 at 6:31 am
was that really a women ref in that match? CRAZY!!! I have nothing against women, but what if a dude locked in a choke and would not let go? I don't think I have ever seen a women ref a boxing match between men. That was nuts. Speaking of nuts, ever since that shot of Fabers chin, I can't fucking take my eyes off it. When he was being interviewed. i was just locked on it. It is uncanny!! How in the world has he not been knoked out more? There is no way to gaurd that thing. He could not cover that thing up if he had Lesners hands. WOW!!!