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WEC 47 Live Blog: Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz Round-by-Round Updates

This is the WEC 47 live blog for Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz, the main event for tonight's card in Columbus, Ohio.

Bowles makes his first bantamweight title defense since winning the strap away from Miguel Torres last August. Cruz enters the fight with five straight wins -- four in the WEC.

The live blog begins below.

Cruz, walking out to Maino's Remember My Name, is obviously happy to be fighting for the title. Bowles walks out to Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around. Rory Singer holds Bowles' belt high.

Round 1: Bowles counters a kick with a right. And again. Cruz very active on his feet. He's swinging away from far. Bowles looking to counter, and he lands. Cruz lands a big right but Bowles isn't phased. Bowles instead hurts Cruz. Cruz returns fire and rocks Bowles with an over-the-top right. Bowles come forward with punches and Cruz turns him over for the takedown. Bowles stands. Bowles lands on a right. Bowles is bleeding from his nose.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.

Round 2: Cruz lands on a counter right. Bowles lands a nice straight right. Bowles comes forward and again Cruz lands a right. Cruz with a left and rights and a kick that sweeps Bowles. Cruz unloads again and finishes with a hard leg kick. Bowles shoots and Cruz defends. Accidental kick below the belt pauses the matchup. They trade hard shots. Bowles connects on punches, and Cruz lands a counter. Cruz slashes Bowles down with a takedown.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.

The doctor checks on Bowles' bloody nose and stops the fight. Bowles has a broken right hand.

Cruz wins by TKO - Round 2, 5:00

Cruz is the new WEC bantamweight champion.
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