WEC 47

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WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz
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The poster for WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz.
PromotionWorld Extreme Cagefighting
DateMarch 6, 2010
VenueNationwide Arena
CityColumbus, Ohio
Total gate$401,000[2]
Event chronology
WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber

WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting on March 6, 2010. It was held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio[3]


The only WEC event held in Ohio, WEC 47 coincided with the Arnold Sports Festival, which annually draws up to 150,000 sports fans to Columbus, Ohio.[4] Previously, the UFC held three cards – UFC 68, UFC 82 and UFC 96 – in Columbus during this festival.

Diego Nunes was originally slated to face Leonard Garcia at this event, but was forced from the card with an injury.[5] Nunes was later replaced by George Roop.[6]

Bryan Caraway was expected to face Fredson Paixao at this event, but was replaced by Courtney Buck after injuring his knee.[7] The Paixao/Caraway bout was rescheduled for WEC 50 that August, where Paixao won via split decision.

Stephan Bonnar filled in for Frank Mir as color commentator, due to training commitments for Mir.[8] Bonnar was named as the promotion's final permanent color commentator shortly afterwards.

This was the last WEC event to feature announcer Joe Martinez as the regular ring announcer, due to family reasons and to focus full-time on his work with Golden Boy Promotions.[9] Martinez later made a one-off return at WEC 52, as his replacement Bruce Buffer was in Germany to announce UFC 122.

The event drew an estimated 373,000 viewers on Versus.[10]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz def Brian Bowles (c) TKO (hand injury) 2 5:00 [a]
Bantamweight Joseph Benavidez def Miguel Torres Submission (guillotine choke) 2 2:57
Featherweight Javier Vazquez def Jens Pulver Submission (armbar) 1 3:41
Featherweight LC Davis def Deividas Taurosevičius Decision (majority) (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) 3 5:00
Lightweight Bart Palaszewski def Karen Darabedyan Submission (armbar) 1 4:40
Preliminary card
Bantamweight Scott Jorgensen def Chad George Submission (guillotine choke) 1 0:31 [b]
Featherweight Chad Mendes def Erik Koch Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Anthony Pettis def Danny Castillo KO (head kick and punches) 1 2:17 [c]
Featherweight Leonard Garcia vs George Roop Draw (split) (29–27, 27–29, 28–28) 3 5:00 [d]
Featherweight Fredson Paixão def Courtney Buck Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 2:49
Featherweight Ricardo Lamas def Bendy Casimir KO (knee) 1 3:43
  1. ^ For the Bantamweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout was aired on the live broadcast.
  3. ^ This bout was aired on the live broadcast.
  4. ^ Roop was docked one point in round 3 for a shot to the groin of Garcia.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses.[11]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Leonard Garcia vs. United States George Roop
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Anthony Pettis
  • Submission of the Night: United States Joseph Benavidez

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Ohio Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the WEC and also do not include the WEC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[12]

  • Dominick Cruz: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Brian Bowles: $12,000
  • Joseph Benavidez: $29,000 ($14,500 win bonus) def. Miguel Torres: $26,000
  • Javier Vazquez: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver: $14,000
  • LC Davis: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Deividas Taurosevičius: $9,000
  • Bart Palaszewski: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Karen Darabedyan: $4,000
  • Scott Jorgensen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Chad George: $3,000
  • Chad Mendes: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Erik Koch: $3,000
  • Anthony Pettis: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Danny Castillo: $9,500
  • Leonard Garcia: $14,000 vs. George Roop: $3,000 ^
  • Fredson Paixao: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. Courtney Buck: $3,000
  • Ricardo Lamas: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Bendy Casimir $3,000

^ Both fighters earned show money; bout declared split draw.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "WEC 47 attendance fifth-highest in WEC history, Columbus return likely in 2011". mmajunkie.com. March 7, 2010.
  2. ^ "WEC 47 draws $401,000 live gate". mmajunkie.com. March 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "WEC: Bowles vs. Cruz". wec.tv. Retrieved December 15, 2009.
  4. ^ "It's Official! WEC 47 set for Columbus, Ohio on March 6th". watchkalibrun.com. December 14, 2009.
  5. ^ "Injury forces Diego Nunes to withdraw from WEC 47 on March 6 in Columbus". mmamania.com. February 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "George Roop tapped as late replacement, faces Leonard Garcia at WEC 47". mmajunkie.com. February 20, 2010. Archived from the original on February 23, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  7. ^ "Courtney Buck replaces injured Brian Caraway, WEC 47 fight card now complete". mmajunkie.com. February 11, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2010/3/4/1356376/frank-mir-out-stephan-bonnar-in
  9. ^ "Announcer Joe Martinez Leaves WEC". mmafighting.com. May 18, 2010.
  10. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/events/wec-47-bowles-vs-cruz
  11. ^ "WEC 47 bonuses: Garcia, Roop, Pettis and Benavidez each earn $10K awards". mmajunkie.com. 2010-03-07. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  12. ^ "WEC 47 Salaries: Joseph Benavidez Leads With $29,000". mmafighting.com. Retrieved March 8, 2010.