by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Antonio Banuelos defeated Scott Jorgensen at WEC 41 in June 2009 via split decision, and as with most split decisions, there’s a congregation of critics who feel Jorgensen won the fight.
At WEC 48, the organization’s first pay-per-view, Banuelos and Jorgensen will rematch with a probable title shot hanging in the balance for the winner. From the moment the final judge’s scorecard was read at WEC 41, Banuelos knew he and Jorgensen would meet again in the cage.
“I always knew that I was going to have to fight Scott again,” Banuelos told MMAWeekly.com. “At least I get to do it on a pay-per-view card.”
The 30-year-old fighter plans to employ a similar game plan as he did in the their first fight, hoping for the same result.
“We worked on the same game plan. The strategy was just work on our hands and stuff like that, and not really redefine everything, but get better at a lot more stuff,” said the Californian.
“I feel like my hands have come around. We brought in Howard Davis from American Top Team. He’s a former Gold Medalist, and just worked on my wrestling and had a great training camp. It’s going to be a great fight.”
Banuelos believes the winner will get a title shot at Dominick Cruz’ belt, but knows it’s not going to be an easy feat.
“From here on out there’s no easy fights in the WEC if you want that title shot. You’ve got to beat the best and he’s one of the best out there right now, so if you want that title you’ve got to put in your time. You’ve got to go through the grind,” said the bantamweight contender.
“I do want a title shot,” added Banuelos. “I figure if I keep grinding it out, they have to. If I keep grinding it out and beating these really good guys they have to give me a title shot.
“I feel like the winner of this should get a title shot, and it’s going to shut up all those naysayers that didn’t think I won the last fight, so it’s going to be good.”