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Old 12-30-2009, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Miguel Torres vs Joseph Benavidez in the works for WEC 47 on March 6

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Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres (37-2) will likely return to action against top division prospect Joseph Benavidez (11-1) at WEC 47: "Bowles vs. Cruz" from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 6, 2010.

MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) learned of the planned match up earlier today.

Torres hasn't see the inside of a cage since his stunning first round knockout loss to Brian Bowles at WEC 42 last August at "The Joint" from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Despite the loss, the former champ is still widely regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. That's because prior to the setback the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt had not tasted defeat since 2003. He was riding an amazing 17-fight win streak, which came to an abrup end courtesy of several unanswered bombs from the heavy-handed Bowles.

Unfortunately, the East Chicago native won't enjoy the opportunity to ease back into the title hunt as a plethora of hungry bantamweights are circling the waters for their shot at 135-pound gold.

Chief among them is Benavidez, fresh off a first round technical knockout over Rani Yahya at WEC 45: "Cerrone vs. Ratcliff" earlier this month.

Benavidez -- the protege and training partner of Urijah Faber -- battled Dominick Cruz in a number one contender eliminator match in the co-main event of WEC 42: "Torres vs. Bowles." The 25-year-old lost the first fight of his career that night, missing out on his chance to face the 135-pound division champion.

As a result, Cruz is now set to face Bowles at the March 6 event.

Like most bantamweights, Benavidez uses his speed and quickness to win fights. He's also a fantastic wrestler, which complements his athleticism nicely. Before the loss to Cruz, the Team Alpha Male product had won both of his appearances in the WEC cage by decision over Danny Martinez and Jeff Curran.

He's clearly near the top of the food chain in the fast growing WEC bantamweight division.

But is that enough to topple the former champ?

WEC 47 is expected to be headlined by Brian Bowles as he makes his first title defense against the 14-1 Dominick Cruz. Jens Pulver is also slated to make his WEC return after taking time off following a four-fight losing streak.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this still developing fight card.
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Damn that'd be a helluva match-up
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting, but i think Miguel is going to be too much for Benavidez.

It's a shame because i like the guy.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think Torres wins this easily if he fights smart and uses his huge height and reach advantage. Benavidez is pretty small even at Bantamweight, I think Flyweight is probably his natural class.
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I think that this would be possibly fight of the year. These guys both fight at extreme paces and really like to let there hands fly. It will be interesting though to see Miguel after a loss. However, Miguel has excellent standup and jiu jitsu, so i don't think Bendavidez's wrestling would pose a problem. I say Miguel 30-27.
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This is gunna be a good fight! i see it going all 3 rounds at a fast pace both fighters letting hands fly. Hard to pick a winner but id say torres
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Yikes. Benavidez is going to get creamed. His wild style might benefit him against lesser opponents, but Torres should eat him up.

Guys like Joseph and Uriah have such entertaining styles, but it will begin to lead to their defeat if they keep reaching outside the box for "high-risk maneuvers" throughout their fights.

Nothing is in stone until it's done, but a wild brawl will end up with Torres murdering Benavidez. Actually, no matter what it will likely end up that way. At least I think.
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Miguel is going to make a statement here.

Any Bantamweight really should fear a Miguel who is pissed off and out to prove himself.

I don't care what happend in his last fight IMO Miguel Torres is the most dangerous, agressive, and powerful BW fighter in the world.
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Torres via ruthless brutality
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I might be giving Benavidez to much credit but torres coming off a loss will surely be ready to go!
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Yikes. Benavidez is going to get creamed. His wild style might benefit him against lesser opponents, but Torres should eat him up.

Guys like Joseph and Uriah have such entertaining styles, but it will begin to lead to their defeat if they keep reaching outside the box for "high-risk maneuvers" throughout their fights.

Nothing is in stone until it's done, but a wild brawl will end up with Torres murdering Benavidez. Actually, no matter what it will likely end up that way. At least I think.
I think that Faber calmed down and fought smart after Brown put him away.

I think that Torres will take this fight as well. I honetsly think that he will beat everyone including Bowles the second time around.
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