- CRUZ AND BENAVIDEZ VIE FOR NO. 1 SLOT AT WEC 42

June 18, 2009
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by MMAWeekly.com Staff
A bantamweight clash between Joseph Benavidez and Dominic Cruz is signed, sealed, and delivered for WEC 42 on Aug. 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Sources close to both fighters on Wednesday confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com.

The 135-pound meeting will likely produce the next contender for the title, shadowing current champ Miguel Torres’ fourth title defense against Brian Bowles in the evening’s main event.

Benavidez has made a quick splash in the WEC, racking up two straight victories including a decision nod over former featherweight contender Jeff Curran at WEC 40.

Scheduled to take on the highly regarded Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto at Dream 5 last July, Benavidez shortly after made the jump stateside, joining teammate and former feather weight champ Urijah Faber. A former state wrestling champ in New Mexico, Benavidez continues to train with Faber at Ultimate Fitness in Sacramento, Calif., and is currently undefeated in 10 showings.

After losing to Faber in March 2007, Cruz has amassed four straight victories with three of them in the WEC. He currently trains out of Alliance MMA in San Diego alongside WEC veteran Rolando Perez, grappling aces Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, and UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera, amongst others. He is 13-1 as a professional.

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