by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Reporting – Damon Martin)
With only three of the eleven fights on the card going to a decision at Saturday night’s WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz, World Extreme Cagefighting officials had their work cut out for them in handing out post-fight awards.
The Fight of the Night, before a crowd of 8,345 in Columbus, Ohio, was one that didn’t even provide a clear winner. Fighting on the non-televised portion of the card, George Roop and Leonard Garcia gave fans everything but the kitchen sink. They slugged it out, shot the takedowns, and served up the submission attempts en route to a draw. Each of them scored a 29-27 decision from a judge, with the third scoring it 28-28. Both also walked away with a $10,000 bonus check for their efforts.
Not surprisingly, the Knockout of the Night went to Anthony Pettis. Bouncing back from the first loss of his career in his last fight, Pettis also bounced back from a low blow on Saturday night. The foul only served to spark Pettis, who returned from the referee’s timeout to drop Danny Castillo with a head kick and finish him off with a few punches on the ground.
The Submission of the Night went to Joseph Benavidez. He did a good job timing former bantamweight champion Miguel Torres’ jabs to score timely takedowns. In the second round, Torres attempted to scramble out from under one of those takedowns. Benavidez caught him with a sharp forearm to the head that split him open and then caught him in a deep guillotine choke that had the bloodied Torres quickly tapping out. The victory secured Benavidez a $10,000 bonus check and likely moved him to the head of the line for a shot at new champion Dominick Cruz.