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‘WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez’ Aftermath — Press Conference Highlights, Payouts, Villains + More


— If you thought last night’s WEC main event wasn’t as close as the judges scored it, Dominick Cruz would respectfully agree with you. As the reigning bantamweight champ said after his fight with Joseph Benavidez (skip to the 2:59 mark above): 

"In my humble opinion, I thought I won all the rounds…I think that the crowd has a big part to play in the judges’ opinion sometimes. Also, he caught me with a real slick knee up against the cage that made me bleed real bad. I would assume the blood could have swayed the judges a little as well."

Benavidez was also surprised that one of the judges saw it his way: "I figured I didn’t do enough to win, but I wasn’t watching the fight, so when the judge did say my name it was quite a surprise. I was like "wow, could this happen? Is this, like, the work of God or something?" For the record, FightMetric gave every round to Cruz for outpointing Benavidez in striking (103-46 total) and takedowns (5-0 total).

— $10,000 performance bonuses were handed out to the following fighters…
Knockout of the Night: Newcomer Maciej Jewtuszko for using a spinning back elbow and a pair of nasty uppercuts to wreck Anthony Njokuani in 96 seconds.
Submission of the Night: Anthony Pettis for finishing Shane Roller via triangle choke with just nine seconds left in the fight, after wearing Roller down with his impressively-flashy striking attacks. (How ’bout that capoeira head kick in round one?)
Fight of the Night: Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett for their 15-minute smash-up which went all over the cage and didn’t slow down for one second. Round two was easily one of the best MMA rounds of 2010.

— The total disclosed payroll was $261,500, which was distributed like so…

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

Anthony Pettis: $22,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus, $10,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Shane Roller: $16,000

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

Scott Jorgensen: $35,000 (includes $12,500 win bonus, $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $15,000 (includes $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

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

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

Maciej Jewtuszko: $16,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus, $10,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $7,000

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

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

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

— No, you didn’t hallucinate that cameo by Dana White. The Baldfather stopped by during the broadcast to announce that Phoenix, Arizona, had won the AMP Energy "Hometown Takedown Contest," in which fans voted to select where the WEC would hold an upcoming event. Phoenix beat out 29 other cities (including co-finalists Milwaukee and Nashville), and will host an event on December 16th at the Arena in suburban Glendale, home of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Neither the UFC nor WEC has ever held a fight card in Arizona. Because WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson hails from Arizona, it’s rumored that Henderson will defend his title at the event, possibly against Anthony Pettis.

— Earning CagePotato’s inaugural Hater Awards are the following villains and losers from WEC 50:
Chad Mendes, whose lay-and-pray antics against Cub Swanson helped produce the only dull fight of the night. Yeah, he won, but still.
Mackens Semerzier, who’s now on a two-fight losing streak after his stunning upset of Wagnney Fabiano last October. One-hit wonder?
Stephan Bonnar, whose obvious bias for Dominick Cruz reached Mir/Torres levels of broadcast nuthuggery.
The Las Vegas fans, whose obvious bias against Dominick Cruz provided an aggravating soundtrack of boos after the main event.

— And finally, here’s a picture of WEC ring girl Brittney Palmer from Tuesday’s weigh-ins, courtesy of

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Mr_Misanthropy- August 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm
Hot chicks are a dime a dozen.
Dizzylittlelord- August 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm
jizz in my pants
Dizzylittlelord- August 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm
good god that woman is hot
Almost North- August 19, 2010 at 11:32 am
After close inspection I'm going to say Brittney Palmer is not a natural blonde.
EDoggFunkMonk- August 19, 2010 at 11:27 am
Why do all of the fighters on Fabor's team look like participants in the Sherk/Franca fight?
Not saying they... you know. Maybe I'll ask Benavidez's nipples when they finally fall off of his chest. They were on the Bautista edge last night.
Almost North- August 19, 2010 at 10:53 am
Well I guess it is back to representing the lollypop guild for Benavidez.
RwilsonR- August 19, 2010 at 10:40 am
I don't know guys... I just don't see this Brittney Palmer girl making it as a ring girl. Sure, she has an awesome body, a beautiful face, and that look that says once you get her drunk enough she'll do anything you ask (I mean ANYTHING!). But I just don't think she has enough horse-face to make it. Maybe if she stays in the WEC, but I'm pretty sure Arianny has something in her contract with the UFC that says she can be the only cute one, and that any other ring girl they hire must have a certain percentage of equine DNA to qualify. At least I'm assuming that clause exists after Edith and Chandella. So I'm just not sure this Brittney Palmer has much of a future with Zuffa.
Zee German- August 19, 2010 at 9:53 am
I can only agree with ReX: Brittany Palmer = hottest Zuffa employee.
And, you know, the other stuff he said.
KidDinomite- August 19, 2010 at 9:36 am
I don't know why people were booing Cruz either. The dude has a wicked stand up game. His Ali-esque style looks like it would be hard to emulate with the angles and overall movement he does. Amazing fighter, and a warrior too.

I like Scott Jorgensen too. Homeboy is just tough and an exciting fighter. Guy doesn't get enough attention, maybe it's his skin problems. Definitely was the Fight of the Night. I don't see how this went to decision. I was sure someone was gonna get knocked out by Round 2.

Oh and glassjawsh, Real Social Dynamics - It really works. With practice, you can get chicks just like Brittney Palmer without having to spend a dime. Seriously, shit works.
glassjawsh- August 19, 2010 at 8:38 am
for some reason i hate brittney palmer. she looks like she'd be a filthy semen riddled philandering hwuar. the kind that you keep buying drinks all night and flirting up while pretending to be interested in her awful stories about her shih-poodles being sooo cute or how difficult it is to find the right setting on her tanning bed. but then at the end of the night after 5 hours of listening to her blathering on and on and on about complete garbage and spending 70 dollars on booze, she bails on you for some fucker with massively tacky rims and a comically huge spoiler on his 1998 honda civic.

not bitter or anything
dflash- August 19, 2010 at 7:33 am
I don't see why Chad Mendes is being blamed for the boring fight with Cub Swanson. I am a Cub Swanson fan and was looking forward to him having a great fight last night. I think he is more to blame for that fight being boring.
blackboxmma- August 19, 2010 at 7:23 am
does anyone else find Benavidez' to be adorable with those little people arms.
ReX13- August 19, 2010 at 7:11 am
OffTopicCommenter Says:

Silva will easily beat Sonnen in a rematch.


This guy could be all kinds of entertaining.
OffTopicCommenter- August 19, 2010 at 7:03 am
Silva will easily beat Sonnen in a rematch.
Jersey Shua- August 19, 2010 at 7:02 am
I hate to be THAT guy two days in a row to Jorgensen and Pickett's salary it says Submission of the night for both. Me-thinks proofreading is a skill.
ReX13- August 19, 2010 at 6:49 am
Nice summary. I hope to see these CagePotato Hater Awards regularly--monthly?

Hooray for Phoenix/Glendale. Hope some of my Luke AFB peeps enjoy the show.

Brittany Palmer: hottest Zuffa employee, damn. Please include her picture regularly, and don't worry about her being relevant to the story.

Probably don't need to say it, but damn, these guys should make just a tad more dough. $261,500 for the entire card? Talk about bang for your buck.

War WEC!
FlashinLeather- August 19, 2010 at 6:47 am