Torres vs. Benavidez, Pulver vs. Vazquez official for WEC 47

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Two legendary names in the world of mixed martial arts return on Saturday, March 6  at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio in what is shaping up to be one of the deepest World Extreme Cagefighting® cards ever. WEC General Manager Reed Harris confirmed today that former bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres (36-2) will face top-ranked contender Joseph Benavidez (11-1), while former UFC® lightweight champion and featherweight star Jens Pulver (22-12-1) begins his trek back to the top with a bout against seasoned veteran Javier Vazquez (13-3).

“Joseph Benavidez and Miguel Torres both want a shot at the winner of the Brian Bowles-Dominick Cruz title fight,” Harris said. “So we expect these two to leave it all in the cage when they collide in Columbus on March 6. The same goes for Jens and Javier. Both guys are well-respected in this sport and both guys want to prove that they have what it takes to win the featherweight championship. It’s going to be a tremendous night.”

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INSIDE MMA: 9-11-2009

On this edition of INSIDE MMA the controversy over Sean Salmon’s statement that he threw a fight is discussed as well as the repercussions he is facing from the Athletic Commission. Team Alpha Male fighters Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, and Joseph Benavidez are guests. Parts 2-4 after the jump…

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Dominick Cruz gives Benavidez first defeat

Dominick Cruz gave Joseph Benavidez his first defeat Sunday night at WEC 42 in Las Vegas. Benavidez, who was 10-0 coming into the fight, was pitted against Cruz’s longer reach and height advantage.

The two were pretty even on the feet, but due to Cruz’s reach, Benavidez could not sit in the pocket for long, so his game plan was to move in, throw some combos, and get back out.

Because Benavidez was a New Mexico state wrestling champion, most people, including Benavidez, was probably not expecting Cruz to take him down so easily and often.

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Cole Miller & Joseph Benavidez stop by Pro MMA Radio

Pro MMA Radio” radio host Larry Pepe had two guests this week in his ‘Toe-to-Toe” segment. Cole Miller who is coming off a win over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville and Joseph Benavidez who is coming off a win over Jeff Curran at WEC 40 were both guests on “Pro MMA Radio” episode 43 (4/13/09).

Cole Miller talked to Larry about how the bad blood between he and Junie Browning originally started. Prior to Cole’s fight with Junie, he made the comment Junie was the lowest level opponent he has been matched up with in the UFC. Cole still holds the same low opinion of Junie after their fight.

Cole said he did not watch “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir” in which Junie Browning was a contestant. However, he has heard the stories about “the Lunatik.”

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WEC 40 – live results and round by round summary

The WEC is back in action live tonight on Versus from Chicago Illinois, with “WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki”.

Stay tuned here at PRO MMA ( for live round by round coverage of this evening’s event, which will feature the WEC Bantamweight Title Fight between reigning champion Miguel Torres and challenger Takeya Mizugaki.

WEC 40 quick results:

Main Card
Raphael Assuncao def Jameel Massouh- Unanimous Decision
Ben Henderson def Shane Roller- TKO (strikes) Rd 1
Joseph Benavidez def Jeff Curran- Unanimous Decision
Miguel Torres def Takeya Mizugaki- Unanimous Decision
Untelevised Preliminary Card
Anthony Njokuani def Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski- TKO (strikes) Rd 2
Dominick Cruz def Ivan Lopez- Unanimous Decision
Wagnney Fabiano def Fredson Paixao- Unanimous Decision
Rani Yahya def Eddie Wineland- Submission (rear naked choke) Rd 1
Akitoshi Tamura def Manny Tapia- Unanimous Decision
Rafael Dias def Mike Budnik- Unanimous Decision

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Video cram session for WEC 40

PRO MMA ( is back with yet another video cram session. On Sunday WEC returns with WEC 40. Bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will put his title on the line versus Japanese Takeya Mizugaki, and there is also an under card loaded with enjoyable sub-lightweight fights. This session includes Raphael Assuncao’s controversial showdown with Jeff Curran, a look back at Shane Roller’s wrestling career, Takeya Mizugaki in Cage Force, and more!

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WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki weigh in results

The weigh-ins for WEC: TORRES vs. MIZUGAKI took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois today, April 4th, at 4:00pm CT/2:00pm PT.  All but one made weight, although three fighters had to remove their shorts to make their fight weight limit. Mike Budnik weighed in at 149 pounds; three pounds over the 146 pound bantamweight limit.

“The Big Frog” Jeff Curran will be making his bantamweight debut Sunday night as he faces Team Alpha Male fighter and Urijah Faber-trained prospect, Joseph Benavidez. The veteran, Curran, will have his hands full with Benavidez who is undefeated at 9-0.

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Jeff Curran and Joseph Benavidez plan to steal show in Chicago

Bantamweight contenders, Jeff Curran and Joseph Benavidez will face off in Chicago on Sunday, April 5th, as the co-main event to WEC 40’s Torres vs. Mizugaki. Curran and Benavidez will be fighting to stay alive in the hunt for a WEC Bantamweight Title shot. Ranked as a number seven featherweight, Curran a.k.a. “Big Frog”, is dropping to bantamweight’s 135 pound division after giving up two straight at 145 pounds. A win for Benavidez would give him ten straight victories with no defeats and bring that WEC title shot within reach. PRO MMA ( received the following press release on Monday describing this WEC Bantamweight match-up.

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World Extreme Cagefighting confirms remaining bouts for first ever WEC event in Chicago

WEC 40 takes place on Sunday, April 5, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. PRO MMA ( received confirmation today on the complete fight line up for this event. The main event features a WEC Bantamweight Title fight between Champion Miguel Torres (35-1) as he takes on Shooto and Cage Force veteran, Takeya Mizugaki (11-2), who will be making his WEC debut. 

Also on the main card is a featherweight match-up with “The Big Frog” Jeff Curran (35-10-1) taking on Team Alpha Male prospect Joseph Benavidez (9-0). Manny Tapia (10-1-1) also returns after giving up a second round TKO to Miguel Torres at WEC 37. Tapia will be trying to get back in the win column against Akitoshi Tamura (12-7-2).

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WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia – results & play-by-play

Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez (BW)
Rd.1 – Martinez looks to get the fight down but Benavidez stuffs it. Benavidez lands a nice left to the face followed by a front kick to the chin. Benavidez throwing nice combinations. Right roundhouse kick to the body by Benavidez. Martinez gets Benavidez down but he bounces back up. Benavidez’s style is very reminiscent of Faber, whom he trains with. Nice judo throw by Benavidez and has Martinez in a headlock from side control as the bell sounds. Great round for Benavidez who was called the “Breakout Star of 2009” recently by Big John McCarthy on Inside MMA.
Rd.2 – Benavidez continues to push the pace and his striking looks good. His stand up looks very similar to the way Faber fights. Nothing very significant lands for either fighter in this round but Benavidez clearly has the edge due to keeping the pressure on and controlling the bout.

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