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WEC 50 Draws a Crowd of 1,861

Written on August 26, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Live gate hit $275, 340, while The Pearl roared when 1,861 people poured in to watch the WEC 50 event.

The figures are official and tallied by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort housed the venue for the WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez last August 18. This was the first time in months for the fight to come back in The Pearl, after December’s WEC 45 drew a crowd of 1,741 generating a $102,700 live gate.

The score behind the numbers that last Wednesday’s fight raked in: 371 out of the 1,861 viewers received complimentary tickets; the average price for paid ones was $148; and 280 tickets remained not purchased.

WEC 50 featured a bantamweight title bout between Cruz and Benavidez, lightweight clash between Shane Roller and Anthony Pettis, and a bantamweight match that pitted Scott Jorgensen against Brad Pickett. WEC scored several stars for fight fans who witnessed the action-packed fight. An packed arena is expected again from the WEC at September’s WEC 51 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., rolling out the main card featherweight champ Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan.

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WEC 50’s Payroll Disclosed

Written on August 22, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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WEC 50 Fighters emerged wounded and thousands of dollars richer.

Top earners for the WEC 50 event includes Scott Jorgensen ($25,000), main-event winner and bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz ($22,000) and preliminary-card winner Danny Castillo ($19,000). Not to mention they are on top as of the moment. Who would have thought that after making bruises, cuts and broken bones you get paid thousands of dollars? MMA is a pretty good sport .

These are the disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The total disclosed payroll for the event was $221,500.

WEC 50 took place Aug. 18 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the night’s main card aired on Versus.

The total list of paydays included:

Dominick Cruz: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Benavidez: $17,500

Anthony Pettis: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Roller: $16,000

Chad Mendes: $11,000 ($5,500 win bonus)
def. Cub Swanson: $11,000

Scott Jorgensen: $25,000 ($12,500 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $5,000

Bart Palaszewski: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Zach Micklewright: $3,000

Javier Vazquez $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000

Maciej Jewtuszko: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $7,000

Ricardo Lamas: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def. Dave Jansen: $4,000

Fredson Paixao: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Bryan Caraway: $4,000

Danny Castillo: $19,000 ($9,500 win bonus)
def. Dustin Poirier: $3,000

The figures does not include the deductions. The sponsor’s fee is not added as well. These also do not include the WEC’s traditional “fight night” bonuses. The $10,000 WEC 50 bonuses went to Maciej Jewtuszko (“KO of the Night”), Anthony Pettis (“Submission of the Night”), and Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett (“Fight of the Night”). In short, these are just plain salaries. It must be higher than that when the other bonuses are added.

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Anthony Pettis Scores Submission Win at WEC 50

Written on August 19, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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A most-promising performance transpired at WEC 50 last Wednesday night, as Anthony Pettis gained the upper hand for not less than 14 minutes before getting Shane Roller tap out in the last nine seconds of Round 3.

Pettis’ performance scored him a submission win and a shot at the World Extreme Cagefighting 155-pound division title. His significantly improved takedown defense should not escape the eyes of keen enthusiasts at the event. Roller could not even hide his frustration when Pettis struck him with a variety of kicks.

His ground game had been laudable, as well as his ability to keep the fight standing. And, as MMA Fighting noted, “the way he finished the fight was a thing of beauty, escaping from a guillotine choke and then catching Roller in the triangle that made Roller tap at the 4:51 mark of the third.”

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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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Javi Vazquez is Going Beyond his Limits

Written on August 17, 2010 by Zac Efren

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“I think I’m fighting the best I’ve ever fought. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a very, very long time. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.” -Javi Vazquez

WEC featherweight Javier “Showtime” Vazquez feels he still has to prove something to himself even after completing 20 fights and 12 years in MMA.

In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, he said that that, “I think every fight for me is at that stage. I’m going to prove to everybody and myself that I’m a top contender.”

Vazquez experienced a bad start when he first joined the WEC but redeemed himself since then and trained more.

“Even though I lost my first WEC two fights, I feel I fought extremely well,” he said. “I’ve definitely picked up some new things (since then), especially my conditioning.

“I’ve worked a lot on my conditioning, which was the weakest part of my game, and now I’m in tremendous shape. Me being able to push the pace with my skills is going to be a real test (for my opponents).”

Aside from finding ways to guard his Achilles heel, Vazquez strive to discover other aspects of his game.

“I brought in a boxing coach for the first time, and the learning curve with Eric Paulson… he has so much stuff, and I’m just trying to pick up as much as I can,” said Vazquez in the interview.

His determination is felt in every word he utters. “I think I’m fighting the best I’ve ever fought. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a very, very long time. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.”

On Wednesday in Las Vegas, Vazquez will be fighting against Mackens Semerzier for the WEC 50. The latter is looking to gain his self-esteem after losing at WEC 46.

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Benavidez: It’s Going to be a Different Outcome

Written on August 16, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Following his failure to win over Dominick Cruz on WEC 42, Joseph Benavidez is now on a roll to avenge his loss and claim this time the bantamweight title on WEC 50.

WEC 52 will broadcast live from The Pearl, Las Vegas on August 18, featuring the second-rounder face-off of Joseph Benavidez and Dominick Cruz. Although this is the first time the two have been pitched against each other in a headline fight, their first encounter saw Benavidez dropping a unanimous decision in favor of Cruz. The 26-year old cager from California is now set to get back at the competitor who had knocked him down with a first-ever loss on the WEC.

When asked why he thought he was the right choice for the title shot, the 135-pound athlete said he ha proven himself by “finishing two really good guys.” It had also been his dream to win a title since he has joined the sport. And now that he did what he could to change in his field, he is confident he can take Cruz down this time.

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