WEC 50 took place Wednesday night inside The Pearl at The Palm Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. A bantamweight title scrap between champion Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez headlined the freebie Versus broadcast.
Cruz surprisingly cruised to a unanimous decision victory over the talented Alpha Male fighter in their first foray a WEC 42. Both have improved drastically and posted impressive performances since their initial tango exactly one year ago.
He captured the title by taking a 2ndRound TKO over then champ Brian Bowles at WEC 47 after doctors deemed his broken right hand was too jacked-up to continue. Although Bowles fought most of the bout with just one paw, Cruz appeared to be the superior competitor throughout their contest nonetheless – constantly beating the former title holder to the punch.
That same evening, Benavidez looked sensational from beginning to end in his trouncing of former bantamweight king Miguel Torres. It took JoeB135 less than 2Rounds to dispose of MMA’s baddest mullet, leaving no doubt as to who the division’s top contender is.
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Here are the results from Wednesday night’s action:
Danny Castillo Defeated Dustin Poirier via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Fredson Paixao Defeated Bryan Caraway via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Ricardo Lamas Defeated Dave Jansen via Unanimous Decision (29-28 All Three Judges)
Javier Vazquez Defeated Mackens Semerzier via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:35 in the 2ndRound
Maciej Jewtuszko Defeated Anthony Njokuani via Knockout in at 1:35 in the 1stRound
Bart Palaszewski Defeated Zach Micklewright via TKO (Strikes) at :31 in the 2ndRound
Scott Jorgensen Defeated Brad Pickett via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All Three Judges)
Chad Mendes Defeated Cub Swanson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis Defeated Shane Roller Defeated via Submission (Triangle-Choke) at 4:51 in the 3rdRound
Dominick Cruz Defeated Joseph Benavidez via Split Decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)
(Dominick Cruz remains WEC Bantamweight Champion)