Brian Bowles beat Will Ribeiro with an impressive third-round submission tonight at WEC 37 in Las Vegas, making a strong statement that he deserves the next shot at the WEC bantamweight title.
Bowles landed a great combination in the first minute of the first round, knocking Ribeiro back and establishing control of the fight early. But Ribeiro kept coming, landing some solid punches and one great kick, and for three-plus minutes it was a stand-up battle. Late in the first round they went to the ground and Bowles nearly choked Ribeiro out with a guillotine, but Ribeiro managed to escape.
In the second round Ribeiro discovered that he could kick Bowles effectively -- until Bowles caught one of Ribeiro's kicks and brought him to the ground. They stayed on the ground for most of the second round, with Bowles controlling the action but not doing a lot of damage.
Early in the third round, Ribeiro shot on Bowles, and Bowles responded by putting Ribeiro in a tight guillotine, forcing Ribeiro to tap.
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