by MMAWeekly.com Staff
World Extreme Cagefighting returns to Las Vegas on Wednesday night for WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez.
Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz makes the first defense of his title against a fighter he’s faced and defeated before, Joseph Benavidez. The champ has been on the shelf since taking the title from Brian Bowles in March.
Benavidez, since losing a decision to Cruz at WEC 42, has earned his title shot by putting together back-to-back victories over Rani Yahya and former WEC champion Miguel Torres, finishing both.
Cruz v Benavidez is now official. Cruz weighed 134 pounds and Benavidez 134.
It is the second time they will have fought, but Cruz doesn’t see much difference, other than taking advantage of opportunities he didn’t the first time around, “We’re no strangers to each other. I saw a lot of mistakes that he made last time. I’m looking to exploit those mistakes this time.”
Benavidez of course expects a completely different result, and can’t think of a better way to correct the only blemish on his otherwise spotless record, “It’s a huge fight. I’m a better fight since then and no better way to prove it than against the guy who beat me.”
Anthony Pettis, weighing in at 155pounds, and Shane Roller, who stepped on the scale at 156, will battle in the co-main event, looking for a WEC lightweight title shot with a win.
Main Bouts (On Versus):
-Dominick Cruz (134) vs. Joseph Benavidez (134)
-Anthony Pettis (155) vs. Shane Roller (156)
-Chad Mendes (145) vs. Cub Swanson (146)
-Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Brad Pickett (136)
-Bart Palaszewski (156) vs. Zack Micklewright (156)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Anthony Njokuani (154) vs. Maciej Jewtuszko (155)
-Javier Vazquez (145) vs. Mackens Semerzier (146)
-Dave Jansen (156) vs. Ricardo Lamas (155)
-Fredson Paixao (145) vs. Bryan Caraway (145)
-Danny Castillo (156) vs. Dustin Poirier (156)