(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
Bantamweight Championship Bout
Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) R5
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
Maciej Jewtuszko def. Anthony Njokuani by TKO (strikes) 1:36 R1
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