WEC 32 Aftermath

Manny Tapia– The best I have ever seen him look. Tapia is progressing steadily.  A little concerned about his punch power, Banuelos was walking right through his punches, a lot of them.  Tapia was busy throughout but nothing spectacular.  He should be a decent favorite, as he will most likely handle any lesser opponents, but I dont see him breaking thru to the top level yet.  Be careful  a  good puncher could do some damage, he leaves himself open while throughing his hands.

Antonio Banuelos– basically fought evenly with Tapia.  He missed some opportunities on the ground that cost him the victory.  His stand up is on par with Tapia.  I have no idea about his sub defense.

Chase Beebe– Not a bad effort in his loss.  He showed some ability in stand up, could still improve a bunch though.  He was ready and fought to his style, but Torres was just better.  Beebe gets better from this.

Miguel Torres–  Tremendous BJJ.  Transitioning from one move to another flawlessly, Beebe had no answers.  Torres overcame a significant strength disadvantage and looked very similar to Condit or Nate Diaz.  Maybe someone can outstrike him, but he looks comfortable in all phases.

Rob McCullough– Suffered a bad loss, which could lead to significant decline.  He was unable to get off and took a pretty bad beating when he tried to force it.  Varner is not known as a striker and took him apart.  Confidence most likely takes a big hit as well as the physical damage.  I don’t like his chances coming back against a quality opponent.

Jamie Varner– Showed some striking skills when he was unable to get his takedowns.  He’s more well rounded than I thought.  The fight had a little bit of everything for him and I cant see anything but improvement coming in his next fight.

Carlos Condit–  another god win. what can you say?  The guy handles everything thrown at him.  Its going to take a quick striker with good combos and a takedown defense to beat him at this level.  Im not sure Prater gave him much of a serious challenge

Carlo Prater–  Overmatched by Condit at this point in their careers. Prater’s a lay n prayer and needs his opponent to be less skilled and physically weaker.

WEC 30 Notes-Post Fight

Chase Beebe was good, the only fighter that can beat him will be a crisp puncher with enough power to hurt him early. Don’t know any at 135.  His fitness level was incredible.

Rani Yahya is one qwik mofo, but i dont think he threw any punches. a couple kicks at the start of rd 3.  Yahya is incredible with his lightning fast submission attemp, but showed nothing else.  He is very capable of beating anyone.  A striker with very good takedown defense should handle him easily.

Bryan Baker was impressive for a young dude, got rocked and came back strong, awesome reversal slam. Baker looked good on his feet and on the ground. I have never thought much of forbes, so im a little skeptical.  Baker could be excellent as an underdog as he continues to take on tougher opponents.  Don’t go overboard yet.

Jesse forbes looked 100 times better than the guy on TUF, he can bang.  Wore down pretty fast after his initial flurry.  Never as a favorite, could payoff as longshot.  

Avenas was good, but he needs more combat time. 30 second fights are great, but he needs some guys to push him now. he’s ready to move up.  Lots of speed, quickness  and strength.  Looks like he is moving in the right direction too.  No negatives yet, someone needs to put him to the test and see what happens.

McCullough and Stann were kind of the same story, both stood in the line of fire until they landed their shots. both are devasting punchers. Both guys look like they can stand and trade against anyone and come out the best 99%.  Stann took a couple good shots and hardly flinched.  I think stann is definite contender now at WEC level and not completely overmatched in UFC. Not quite a contender. same with Razor.

Torres’ win was good, but kind of fools gold, imo. Bedard took him down easily but couldnt put together an attack and left the door open for any good submission guy. Beebe beats him, but he wont be an underdog this time.  Verdict is still out on Torres, but Bedard struggled to put away a physically weaker guy, not a good sign.