by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
When WEC 50 was mapped out, the biggest question was who would face Dominick Cruz in his first title defense?
The answer ultimately was Joseph Benavidez, who takes on the champion on Aug. 18. The person he got the nod over as top contender also returns on the same date, with a title shot of his own on the line.
Scott Jorgensen faces Brad Pickett in a bantamweight bout on the main card of WEC 50, and according to his manager, the Idaho based fighter is the next contender in line for a shot at the belt if he wins.
“If Scott wins this fight, he will get the next title shot for sure,” Mike Roberts of MMA Inc. said on MMAWeekly Radio recently.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris appeared on the radio show, stopping short of a guarantee, but said that all signs point towards a Jorgensen title shot if he comes away with a victory.
“Assuming he gets a win, and depending on the performance, I think he’s going to be right up there. I think I agree with you there,” Harris commented about Jorgensen’s title hopes.
Fighting for a title belt is the biggest dream of just about every competitor in MMA, and Jorgensen is no different. The veteran fighter has been battling his way to the top of the division for the last few years, and is now just one fight away from his goal.
If Jorgensen wins, he could be faced with a difficult situation though. Benavidez is a friend and part time training partner, and if he’s victorious over Cruz it could set up a fight pitting friend versus friend.
MMA Inc. represents Jorgensen and Benavidez as well. Roberts admitted that while the situation of two of their own fighting is never optimum, the bout would happen.
“If it is Joseph, then, God willing we hope that it is, they will fight each other,” said Roberts about the potential match-up.
Roberts says it’s not in Jorgensen’s make-up to pass on a title shot due to friendship or training partners. He says when gold is on the line friendship takes a break.
“Scott Jorgensen’s a gamer. All the ‘I don’t want to fight this guy, I don’t want to fight that guy’ doesn’t really apply to him. When he says ‘it’s not that I want to fight him’ he’s just a gamer. If you’ve got that strap or you’re in the way of that strap, he’s coming for you,” Roberts said about Jorgensen.
“It doesn’t matter if you were his best friend or not. If you’ve got that strap, or you’re in front of that strap, he’s going to go through you to get it.”