by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
It wasn’t for a lack of effort on either fighter’s part, but the WEC 47 main event showdown between Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz came to a disappointing and rather abrupt ending Saturday night at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Over the course of the first two rounds, Cruz set the champion on his heels, pushing the pace and using outstanding movement to throw Bowles off his game. Every time Bowles would land a punch, Cruz would answer with two of his own, and throw in a low kick for good measure.
And if that weren’t enough, Cruz put the champ on his back to put an exclamation point on round two.
But that was where the excitement ended and the night came to a screeching halt.
Prior to round three, the doctor entered the cage to check on Bowles and determined that he was unable to continue.
“The first punch that I threw in the whole fight, I broke my hand. I knew it right then,” said Bowles after the fight. “It just kind of threw me off. That started going through my mind instead of concentrating on fighting.”
It was a bad break for Bowles, but Cruz used his preparation and took advantage of the situation.
“Brian Bowles is a great champion, he really is,” Cruz later commented. “He fought his heart out. I fought my heart out.”
And with that, Dominick Cruz is your new WEC bantamweight champion.