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Dominic Cruz Gets the WEC Bantamweight Crown

Written on August 19, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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“I just concentrated on doing what I do best: staying hard to hit. Obviously, it didn’t work out too well in all the exchanges, but that’s five rounds and I don’t look too bad I suppose.” - Dominic Cruz, WEC 50 Bantamweight Champion

Even with blood streaming down his face, Dominic Cruz was able to retain his crown in a split decision against Joseph Benavidez after a tough five rounds of pounding. The WEC bantamweight champion danced and dodged for the whole 25-minute event, scoring timely take downs. However, the world-ranked challenger, Benavidez, gave Cruz a brawny test. The first three rounds were highlighted by Cruz’s flying knee and solid counter punches from Benavidez. On the fourth round, the Team Alpha Male rep dealt with a cut on his hairline and appeared to have broken the champ’s nose. Still, Cruz was able to press down the action and scored four of his five take downs on the match. Though his hyper pace slowed, Cruz closed strongly in round five delivering a final slam in the last 15 seconds. Dominic Cruz rose from the battle with two arms raised, smiling, as the final bell sounded.

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WEC 50 Contenders’ Weigh-in Preview

Written on August 18, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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All were weighed and the rematch is ready to pave its way. Both weights 134 lbs but only one should wear the belt. Who is it this time? Will you go for Dominick Cruz, or will you place your bet on Joseph Benavidez?

Dominick Cruz just tipped the scales for his rematch against Joseph Benavidez in the WEC 50: “Cruz vs. Benavidez 2.” Both contenders, that will green lit the main event on Wednesday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, weights 134 lbs. Eight more fighters, including Anthony Pettis and Shane Roller, also met their required weights for the official weigh-in last Tuesday.

Seven months after Cruz got his unanimous decision victory against Benavidez at the WEC 42, the 24-year-old Arizonan defeated Bryan Bowles to snatch the bantamweight crown. A six-fight winning streak anchors his resume. Benavidez, on the other hand, knocked down Miguel Torres at the WEC 47 where he last appeared. This 26 years old fighter got ten of his 12 wins via knockout, technical knockout or submission.

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