Brian Bowles (pictured) became the new WEC bantamweight champion on Sunday in the main event of WEC 42, knocking out 135-pound title-holder and top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Miguel Torres in the opening round of the main event at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Bowles rocked Torres early in round and also scored a takedown in the frame, but appeared to be in trouble as Torres landed a series of punches that forced him to backpedal. But Torres’ aggressiveness left an opening for Bowles, who connected with a right hook that dropped Torres to the canvas, where Bowles was able to quickly finish off the champ with a barrage of punches.
Bowles remains undefeated, improving his record to 8-0 following the surprising first-round knockout, while Torres falls to 37-2 after having his 17-fight win streak that dated back to early-2004 snapped.
In the WEC 42 co-main event, bantamweight contenders Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez engaged in an entertaining bout that saw Cruz pick up a unanimous decision victory to improve his record to 14-1 and extend his win streak to 5-straight.
Danny Castillo came from behind to score a second-round knockout of Ricardo Lamas on the WEC 42 main card, while Takeya Mizugaki picked up a questionable decision victory over Jeff Curran and Leonard Garcia topped Jameel Massouh at the Versus-televised event.
Rani Yahya earned the only stoppage on the six-bout WEC 42 preliminary card, submitting late-replacement John Hosman with a north-south choke in the opening-round of their matchup. In other prelim action, Shane Roller topped Marcus Hicks in a back-and-forth bout, LC Davis edged fellow Affliction-import Javier Vazquez, and Ed Ratcliff, Diego Nunes, and Cole Provice also picked up decision victories.
The complete results for WEC 42 were:
- Brian Bowles def. Miguel Torres (c) via KO (punches) — Round 1, 3:57
WEC Bantamweight Championship
- Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Danny Castillo def. Ricardo Lamas via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:15
- Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Curran via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Leonard Garcia def. Jameel Massouh via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Cole Province def. Fredson Paixao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Shane Roller def. Marcus Hicks via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Ed Ratcliff def. Phil Cardella via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Rani Yahya def. John Hosman via submission (north-south choke) — Round 1, 2:08
- Diego Nunes def. Rafael Dias via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- L.C. Davis def. Javier Vazquez via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)