Thursday, March 4, 2010

WEC-47 Picks: Bowles vs. Cruz

Bowles vs Cruz WEC 47 Betting Pics

Well, the lines are up for this weekend's WEC-47: Bowles vs. Cruz in Columbus, Ohio. The event is being broadcast on Versus. Initially I was really looking at Cruz but now I'm favoring Bowles over Cruz for the Bantamweight title and then Torres over Benavidez in a good match as well.

Online sportsbooks have the numbers set at Cruz +205 to Bowles -255 and Benavidez +215 to Torres' -275.

WEC-47 will feature Bowles' first Bantamweight title defense since his KO of Miguel Torres. Bowles shouldn't have an easy fight though, as Cruz' only loss so far was against Urijah Faber. Bowles will favor the ground game and especially submissions. Even though Bowles has become dangerous on his feet, I'd look for him to either take Cruz down or knock him down and then work the submission. I wouldn't expect it in the first round though as Cruz has good wrestling skills and is very tough as well.

I’m predicting a later round submission for Bowles.

Torres shows up with everything. I think if it wasn't for the KO by Bowles, he would still be reigning for a while. This time out though he gets to show us his defense against a solid grappler. Benavidez stands a chance here, but in the end may just be outclassed by Torres. That's no slight to Benavidez either. I expect Torres' experience and skill to allow him to see the opening and work another submission victory. We'll see if Torres can start building the comeback shot...

I expect the favored Torres to win this one.

You can see all the WEC-47 picks and discussion at

Taurosevicius over LC Davis is good value at -140 to Davis' +110. This may be the most evenly matched bout as both guys have solid (and similar) skills. Look for Taurosevicius' wrestling to make the difference. My other quick pics for the match include Vasquez at -165 over Jens Pulver at +135 and Darabedyan -215 over Palaszewski +175.

Just an FYI, the WEC's bantam weight is from 126lbs to 135lbs. These guys are cut, in shape and highly skilled. Very exciting division to watch and we've got two of the most notable bantamweights on the card and two very serious contenders. This should prove to be a great night of skilled fighters battling it out for victory. None of these fight should be easy, and to me that makes a great event. Hope you enjoy them as well.

By Kumo,

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