Dominick Cruz retains his WEC Bantamweight Title with a Split Decision victory over Joseph BenavidezPosted on August 18, 2010, 11:26 PM by Anton Gurevich
WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz has successfully defended his throne, with a Split Decision victory over the stubborn Joseph Benavidez, at the main event of WEC 50 at the Palms Casino, Las Vegas. Benavidez went guns blazing against Cruz, unleashing a powerful striking combos and leg kicks during the 25 minutes of the entertaining 135-pound battle.But Dominick Cruz responded with a firepower of his own, what resulted in a very entertaining WEC Bantamweight Title fight.
Benavidez came with a clear gameplan of counter-striking, nullifying Dominick Cruz' valuable three-inch reach advantage. Benavidez' timing was slightly better than Cruz' in the first three rounds, but it was the Champion who proved his worth by adjusting his game in the final 10 minutes. Cruz dominated Benavidez with well-executed takedowns, continued by a dominance on the ground. Cruz' takedowns later proved themselves as a deciding factor in a Decision victory over Benavidez.
Dominick Cruz showed he's a well-rounded fighter, who deserves his title as the WEC Bantamweight Champion. "The Dominator" remains to be the only man to beat Joseph Benavidez in his career, as well as the first WEC Bantamweight Champion to defend his crown after Miguel Torres' defeat against Brian Bowles. Scott Jorgensen could be next for Dominick Cruz, after collecting his 5th consecutive victory, this time against the "One Punch" Brad Pickett.
The fight between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez was more than a worthy ending to the entertaining WEC 50. World Extreme Cagefighting will return to action on September 30th, with a stacked WEC 51: Aldo vs Gamburyan fight card.