(Whatever Benavidez throws at him in the cage, it won’t be nearly as intense as that horrible freakin’ ice bath. Props: YouTube.com/fightmagazine)
Headlining tomorrow night’s WEC 50 card on Versus is Dominick Cruz (15-1) attempting his first bantamweight title defense against old rival Joseph Benavidez (12-1). Cruz won their first meeting at WEC 42 by unanimous decision. Will he be able to repeat the performance, or is Joe B gettin’ that belt? Let’s go to the stats…
Cruz: 44% (7 out of 16 fights ended in stoppage victories)
Benavidez: 77% (10 out of 13 fights ended in stoppage victories)
ONLY LOSS CAME AGAINST…
Cruz: Urijah Faber, via first-round guillotine choke in a featherweight title fight at WEC 26. Since then, Cruz has gone 5-0 in the WEC as a bantamweight, including his two-round TKO over Brian Bowles to earn the title in March.
Benavidez: His aforementioned first fight against Dominick Cruz. Since then, he’s posted stoppage victories over Rani Yahya and Miguel Torres.
Cruz: 1 Fight of the Night (against Benavidez)
Benavidez: 1 FOTN, 1 Submission of the Night (against Torres)
Advantage: Cruz. But if you’re a gambler, Benavidez’s line should look tempting. Their first fight was close, and Benavidez will be familiar with Cruz’s strange fight-rhythms this time.
BASE SALARY AT WEC 47
DISLIKED BY URIJAH FABER?
Cruz: Yes. Faber has called him a "dope" and "disrespectful."
Benavidez: Nah. Benavidez and Faber are Team Alpha Male homeboys.
Cruz: Metal/skull/spiderweb-themed Metal Mulisha tee
Benavidez: FORM Athletics, AMP energy, custom "JB" logo
Final score: We have a 4-4-3 tie! I know, not the most satisfying ending. I guess you’ll just have to watch the fight tomorrow…