WEC 47

WEC 47

WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz
A poster or logo for WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz.
Promotion World Extreme Cagefighting
Date March 6, 2010
Venue Nationwide Arena
City Columbus, Ohio
Attendance 8,345[1]
Total gate $401,000[2]
Event chronology

WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber

WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting on March 6, 2010. It was held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio[3]


The only WEC event held in Ohio, WEC 47 coincided with the Arnold Sports Festival, which annually draws up to 150,000 sports fans to Columbus, Ohio.[4] Previously, the UFC held three cards – UFC 68, UFC 82 and UFC 96 – in Columbus during this festival.

Diego Nunes was originally slated to face Leonard Garcia at this event, but was forced from the card with an injury.[5] Nunes was later replaced by George Roop.[6]

Bryan Caraway was expected to face Fredson Paixao at this event, but was replaced by Courtney Buck after injuring his knee.[7] The Paixao/Caraway bout was rescheduled for WEC 50 that August, where Paixao won via split decision.

Stephan Bonnar filled in for Frank Mir as color commentator, due to training commitments for Mir.[8] Bonnar was named as the promotion's final permanent color commentator shortly afterwards.

This was the last WEC event to feature announcer Joe Martinez as the regular ring announcer, due to family reasons and to focus full-time on his work with Golden Boy Promotions.[9] Martinez later made a one-off return at WEC 52, as his replacement Bruce Buffer was in Germany to announce UFC 122.

The event drew an estimated 373,000 viewers on Versus.[10]


Preliminary card

Lamas defeated Casimir via KO (knee) at 3:43 of round 1.
Paixão defeated Buck via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:39 of round 1.
Garcia and Roop fought to a split draw. The judges scored the bout 29–27, 27–29 and 28–28. A point deduction was given to Roop for a shot to the groin of Garcia.
Pettis defeated Castillo via KO (head kick and punches) at 2:17 of round 1. This bout was aired on the live broadcast.
Mendes defeated Koch via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Jorgensen defeated George via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:31 of round 1. This bout was aired on the live broadcast.

Main card

Palaszewski defeated Darabedyan via submission (armbar) at 4:40 of round 1.
Davis defeated Taurosevičius via majority decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–29).
Vazquez defeated Pulver via submission (armbar) at 3:41 of round 1.
Benavidez defeated Torres via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:57 of round 2.
Cruz defeated Bowles via TKO (injury) at 5:00 of round 2 to become the new WEC Bantamweight Champion.

Bonus Awards

Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses.[11]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Leonard Garcia vs. United States George Roop
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Anthony Pettis
  • Submission of the Night: United States Joseph Benavidez

Reported payout

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Ohio Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the WEC and also do not include the WEC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[12]

  • Dominick Cruz: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Brian Bowles: $12,000
  • Joseph Benavidez: $29,000 ($14,500 win bonus) def. Miguel Torres: $26,000
  • Javier Vazquez: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver: $14,000
  • LC Davis: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Deividas Taurosevičius: $9,000
  • Bart Palaszewski: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Karen Darabedyan: $4,000
  • Scott Jorgensen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Chad George: $3,000
  • Chad Mendes: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Erik Koch: $3,000
  • Anthony Pettis: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Danny Castillo: $9,500
  • Leonard Garcia: $14,000 vs. George Roop: $3,000 ^
  • Fredson Paixao: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. Courtney Buck: $3,000
  • Ricardo Lamas: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Bendy Casimir $3,000

^ Both fighters earned show money; bout declared split draw.

See also

External links

  • Official WEC website