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WEC 50 Quick Results: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Judges?

(Benavidez must be standing on the stack of cash he gave Nelson Hamilton before the fight)

Well WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez II is in the books and in usual WEC fashion, the card didn’t disappoint.

The fact that six out of 10 fights on the card went to the judges’ scorecards is a testament to the WEC matchmaker Sean Shelby’s adeptness, because even the bouts that went the distance were wars of attrition in which both fighters left everything in the cage.

A few up-and-comers climbed further up the title contention ladder while a few others dropped a few rungs down, but none of the fights were disappointing.
The only real question mark of the show was which fights the judges were watching as they seem to have decidedly different opinions on who won a few of the bouts.

In the main event of the evening, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz controlled the majority of action, possibly losing two rounds of the five round title affair to challenger Joseph Benavidez. Benavidez landed a handful of power shots throughout the bout, but it was Cruz’s takedowns that were the real deciding factor in the fight.

Personally, I had the fight at 49-46 for Cruz, but it arguably could have gone 48-47 depending on how you look at round two. For Nelson "Doc" Hamilton to score the the bout 48-47 for Benavidez it makes me wonder if he was watching America’s Got Talent on his iPhone instead of watching the fight.

We’ll have a more detailed aftermath piece tomorrow, but until then here are the official results from the event:

WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez II
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Pearl at The Palms  
Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Card 

Bantamweight Championship Bout
Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) R5

Anthony Pettis def. Shane Roller by submission (triangle choke) 4:51 R3

Chad Mendes def. Cub Swanson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) R3

Scott Jorgensen def. Brad Pickett by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3

Bart Palaszewski def. Zack Micklewright by KO (punch)  0:31 R2

Preliminary Card
Maciej Jewtuszko def. Anthony Njokuani by TKO (strikes) 1:36 R1

Javier Vazquez def. Mackens Semerzier by submission (rear-naked choke) 1:35 R2

Ricardo Lamas def. Dave Jansen by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) R3

Fredson Paixao def. Bryan Caraway by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) R3

Danny Castillo def. Dustin Poirier by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) R3

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Canadian Chronic- August 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm
fire up that petition, i'll fuckin sign it

this bullshit has to stop

WalksInTheDarkness- August 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm
I agree, Jorgensen got out boxed for the entire fight.

But it's in America and American judges do love their wrestling so probably out-wrestling your opponent but doing no damage is better than getting knocked down by a punch in a round.

All props to Jorgensen for landing some nasty short elbows in the second and third round though.
ghostboner- August 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm
@Rex & Rwilly - It is called a petition, and I will gladly put my Ghostboner Hancock on it.

And the guy who doesn't like WEC, I heard there is a group meeting for people who don't like the WEC, so you should definitely attend. It is at the bottom of the ocean. What you will want to do is get on a ship, then when it is out in some deep water, just start cutting yourself with a knife all over your body, then chain some cement blocks to your feet and in the water you go! If you get to the bottom and no one has shown up yet, just hang out for a while, you're probably just a few minutes early. I heard the waiting room down there has some reruns of Korean Zombie vs Garcia, and Hominick vs Jabouin, Cerrone vs Henderson 1 & 2, Bowles vs Torres, Faber vs Aldo, etc etc... But I guess you probably wouldn't be interested in that.
RwilsonR- August 19, 2010 at 10:28 am
@ Rex - I'm down with your letter writing campaign. A takedown that does no damage and gets you nowhere shouldn't count for very much. But could you just provide a form letter that I can just add my name to. I'm pretty lazy about these things.
As Good As Anyone- August 19, 2010 at 9:09 am
A few quick thoughts on the card:

Absolutely epic card, I'm surprised, CP, there wasn't a play by play. I would have loved to seen one. It would have also reminded casual fans to watch it.

Second: We've learned that Chad Mendes (even though undefeated) needs more MIXED martial art skills. Not only wrestling. (I wrote a piece on the different between him, Fitch, and Sonnen.) Here's a little copy-pasta of it:

"Wrestling for MMA isn't necessarily bad. It's when they latch onto their opponent and do absolutely zero damage. At least Fitch ATTEMPTS submissions, even though there isn't much ground'n'pound in his game. When they Mendes their opponent, that's when things get difficult. Bonnar said is absolutely correct: "Judges should take points for stalling." I couldn't agree more. Refusing to fight in a fight should either result in immediate stand up or points being taken away for refusing to DO what the sport asks of them. Chael is a great example. Even though he takes guys down he WORKS FROM IN THE GUARD. He doesn't sit there and nullify ground game submissions or smother an opponent for points. He works the ground and pound.

I dislike when fans say "wrestling is bad for the sport." Because it's really not. Untrained MMA wrestlers are bad for the sport. Mendes showed that inexerpience in mixed martial arts deserves undercard treatment until he can learn boxing, JJ, MT or any other form of MIXED martial arts."

Third: We've learned how much the lower weight classes put their ass on the line through and through again while watching the WEC. The amount of training, cardio and heart these guys have is unbelievable. For the pennies they fight for, and people that complain absolutely makes me sick to my stomach. I watch this and am awe struck by the speed and "tenacity" (As Cruz said) they fight at.

Fourth: As Ariel said "Something needs to be done about the judges scoring." Absolutely true. I had Cruz 49-46. All of my buddies also had it that way. I have no idea how Doc had Benevidez winning that fight. Outpointed, out-wrestled and out-grappled and somehow still 48-47 Joe? The NSAC needs to re-evaluate judging and IMPLEMENT THE GOD DAMN REPLAYS!

Fifth: Did I mention great night of fights? I'm waiting for the time the UFC markets the WEC better. These fighters deserve their due in a paycheck that at least matches a cashier's. $11,000 for Cruz to show up? Their bantamweight champion? Did I miss something here?

/end rant
danomite- August 19, 2010 at 8:48 am
well, for any of you who missed last nights fights I provided an in depth, typo-free, sometimes funny, most times terrible, completely uninformed and utterly biased play by blay on every fight except the main event. It was hilarious to everyone reading (Just Me) so give it a look.

oh, it's buried in the comments section in the are dream and k-1 in trouble article
Patrick- August 19, 2010 at 7:35 am
I don't see how the judges gave Jorgensen the first round of his fight with Pickett.

That fight was epic.
shitbag- August 19, 2010 at 7:22 am
sonofabitch I missed this entire show. I love weds MMA and I missed it
myklhoey- August 19, 2010 at 6:47 am
i cant stand wec, with the exception of a few fighters. most rty to go to the judges, wec sucks
Bob Reilly- August 19, 2010 at 5:52 am
Shit! Did I miss America's Got Talent? Who won that?
Jersey Shua- August 19, 2010 at 5:46 am
At one point Swanson was doing literally nothing to defend Mendes from advancing position and Mendes just hung out on top holding onto head and arm control. That was easily one of the most boring fights I've seen since Jake Shields' humping of Mayhem legs. And it wasn't the fault of Swanson, he kept swinging for the fences every chance he got.
ReX13- August 19, 2010 at 5:28 am
Egg Plate >> Word up, man. That was a match that PRIDE judges would've scored correctly: Swanson by virtue of trying to end the fight.

Anyone up for a letter writing campaign to adjust the scoring criteria? Takedowns that lead to nothing but positional advantage should not be enough for a fighter to get the W.
Omelette Platter- August 19, 2010 at 4:28 am
jorgensen always brings the awesome; that should definitely get the fight of the night nod. i couldn't believe not a single judge gave pickett the first round. i also couldn't believe anyone scored the main event for benavidez. i *also* couldn't believe chad mendes could bore me so much. i'd love to see the stats on that one, cuz i'm pretty sure swanson threw more strikes off his back than mendes threw from the top. in my ideal fantasy world, swanson wins that fight because he was actually trying to do something other than secure a takedown and maintain position.
ghostboner- August 19, 2010 at 12:19 am

I hate missing WEC fights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why didn't one of you assholes remind me this was on tonight?

Looks like Faber can get that 135 title shot now.
2DaDeath- August 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm
Thanks, Mike.
Mike Russell- August 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm
 2Da...they're replaying it now.
mma-octagon- August 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm
OK, first off , great night of fights.
My first question? you think the crowd had any affect on Cruz, yes i think he won, but wondering if they annoyed him(messed with his game a bit).
2DaDeath- August 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm
Oh yeah! This happened tonight. I probably could still catch this too...
dedflesh- August 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm