by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Saturday night’s WEC 47 featherweight showdown between Deividas Taurosevicius and L.C. Davis was supposed to crown one of the next top contenders to the title currently held by bone crushing Brazilian Jose Aldo.
Davis won the bout by majority decision, but the victory did little to light up the fans at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Davis and Taurosevicius are both good wrestlers and strong strikers. The only problem with that is their strengths cancelled each other out for the better part of the fight. A majority of the bout was contested in the clinch along the fence with neither fighter gaining much advantage.
In the end, the judges at cageside saw it pretty much the same way, scoring it close – 29-28, 29-28, and 29-29 – for Davis.
Kicking off the Versus telecast, Armenian Karen Darabedyan unleashed the power in his hands early, lighting up Polish fighter Bart Palaszewski before taking him to the mat. Darabedyan then leveled a ground and pound attack that lasted the majority of the opening round, until Palaszewski decided he’d had enough.
In the waning moments of the round, Palaszewski managed to lock on to an arm and stretched it out for the submission. Darabedyan tapped out with 20 seconds left in the opening frame.
-L.C. Davis def. Deividas Taurosevicius by Majority Decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Bart Palaszewski def. Karen Darabedyan by Submission (Arm Bar) at 4:40, R1
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Scott Jorgensen def. Chad George by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:31, R1
-Chad Mendes def. Erik Koch by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Anthony Pettis def. Danny Castillo by KO at 2:17, R1
-Leonard Garcia and George Roop fight to a Draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
-Fredson Paixao def. Courtney Buck by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:39, R1
-Ricardo Lamas def. Bendy Casimir by KO (Knee) at 3:43, R1