My favorite time of the year: The Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Fitness Expo weekend!
For the last three years the UFC has occupied Nationwide Arena on the Saturday night of the Arnold Classic weekend. The Arnold Classic is held at The Greater Columbus Convention Center with the UFC holding their event around the corner at Nationwide Arena.
This year the UFC has passed the torch off to the WEC, who will make its first trip to the Arnold Classic weekend. For those who are not familiar with the Arnold Classic, it is a very large bodybuilding show and expo. One can purchase a ticket to go inside of the expo and meet fighters, bodybuilders, and a lot more famous or recognizable athletes/fighters. The expo features a variety of competitions and brings in around 100,000 people annually, many of whom are fight fans.
This year it will be WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz taking over the weekend. Bowles knocked out Miguel "Angel" Torres back at WEC 42 to capture the 135lb championship. At the time, Torres was ranked in the Top 5 pound for pound list and was on a red hot 17-fight win streak. Stepping in to face Bowles is 14-1 Dominick Cruz, fresh off a victory over Joseph Benavidez and riding a five-fight win streak.
Bowles will no doubt be the crowd favorite as he once resided in the neighboring state of West Virginia where he was born in the capital city of Charleston. Bowles himself is on a very impressive undefeated streak with an 8-0 record featuring wins over Miguel Torres, Will Ribeiro, Damacio Page, and Charlie Valencia. None of Bowles' eight professional bouts have gone the distance with three wins via knockout and five via submission.
Bowles is here to prove his knockout of Miguel Torres was the real deal and no fluke. Everyone in attendance and watching around the world can expect fireworks from Bowles and Dominick Cruz when the two meet on March 6.
Joining Bowles on the card will be the man he defeated to capture the championship along with former UFC lightweight champion Jens 'lil evil" Pulver. Will Torres taste victory and earn himself a re-match with Bowles and can Pulver re-gain momentum in his quest back to the top, all of which will be answered on fight night come March 6.
Announced fight card:
Brian Bowles (8-0: #1 Bantamweight) vs. Dominick Cruz (14-1: #4 Bantamweight)
Miguel Torres (37-2: #2 Bantamweight) vs. Joseph Benavidez (11-1)
Jens Pulver (22-12-1) vs. Javier Vazquez (13-4)
Karen Darabedyan vs. Bart Palaszewski
Deividas Taurosevicius (12-3) vs. L.C. Davis (15-2)
Chad George vs. Scott Jorgensen
Erik Koch vs. Chad Mendes
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Pettis
Leonard Garcia vs. George Roop
Bendy Casimir vs. Ricardo Lamas
Courtney Buck vs. Fredson Paixao