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WEC 47: Benavidez shocks Miguel Angel Torres

Joseph Benavidez, left, locks in a guillotine choke

Joseph Benavidez, left, locks in a guillotine choke to beat Miguel Angel Torres by submission at WEC 47. (March 6, 2010) Photo Credit: WEC Photo

All the prefight talk surrounding Miguel Angel Torres for WEC 47 focused on his return to the Octagon after losing his bantamweight title to Brian Bowles. How would he do? How far could his desire and determination carry him.

Answers: Not too good, and midway through the second round.

Torres lost by submission to Joseph Benavidez, tapping out 2:57 into the second round thanks to a guillotine choke. He shot in, took down Torres and worked some ground and pound, opening open a nasty cut on Torres' forehead. Benavidez then slapped on a guillotine and dropped to the ground to lock it in.

In the first round, Benavidez controlled Torres (36-3) once on the ground. Sure, he absorbed a series of heel shots to the lower back in Torres' guard, but Benavidez (12-1) landed some shots and controlled the body.

Benavidez's win adds some intrigue to WEC's 135-pound division, but the bigger question is much the same as it was leading up to the fight: what will happen with Miguel Angel Torres?

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