by Ken Pishna (Reporting by Steven Marrocco) – MMAWeekly.com
Brian Bowles surprised the mixed martial arts world on Sunday night, knocking out the indestructible Miguel Torres, making him look, well… human.
It was no surprise, however, when WEC officials announced that Bowles had earned an extra $10,000, scoring the WEC 42 post-fight award for Knockout of the Night.
Bowles had just taken a hard shot from Torres, was rocked and had the Chicagoan flurrying in on him, when he unleashed a right hook that put the champion on his back. He followed Torres down, unleashing follow-up punches that removed any doubt as to Torres’ state of consciousness.
Bowles’ first title defense may have been determined by the fight just prior to his stunning show-stopper. Dominick Cruz took the previously undefeated Joseph Benavidez out of his game to earn a unanimous decision victory, but their combined efforts earned them Fight of the Night honors.
Cruz is likely to get the first shot at Bowles, but both he and Benavidez pocketed an extra $10,000 for their performances.
The Submission of the Night went to Rani Yahya in his untelevised preliminary bout with John Hosman. It was the only submission on a card that saw eight bouts go to the judges, but it was a textbook finish.
Yahya quickly secured a takedown, moved to side control, then transitioned to north-south position, where he patiently worked for the fight-ending choke. All in just 2:08.
WEC 42 POST-FIGHT AWARDS AND BONUSES
Knockout of the Night:
Fight of the Night:
-Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez
Submission of the Night: