WEC 50 took place earlier this evening at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Dominick Cruz put his WEC bantamweight title on the line against former foe Joseph Benavidez.
Shane Roller and Anthony Pettis met for a potential lightweight title shot.
Chad Mendes looked to stay undefeated against Cub Swanson.
Scott Jorgensen looked to put himself in position for a bantamweight title shot with a win over Brad Pickett
Veteran Bart Palaszewski took on undefeated Zack Micklewright in a lightweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Dominick Cruz defeats Joseph Benavidez via Split Decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)
- Anthony Pettis defeats Shane Roller via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Three
- Chad Mendes defeats Cub Swanson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Scott Jorgensen defeats Brad Pickett via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Bart Palaszewski defeats Zach Micklewright via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Maciej Jewtuszko defeats Anthony Njokuani via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Javier Vazquez defeats Mackens Semerzier via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Ricardo Lamas defeats Dave Jansen via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Fredson Paixao defeats Bryan Caraway via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
- Danny Castillo defeats Dustin Poirier via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Thoughts & Recap
Zach Micklewright vs. Bart Palaszewski: Zach Micklewright and Bart Palaszewski traded strikes for the first five minutes, but neither was able to inflict any significant damage. That all changed in the opening seconds of the second round. Palaszewski nailed Micklewright with a kick and dropped seconds later with a right hook. Ref Steve Mazzagatti immediately jumped in to save Micklewright who was still conscious, but only appeared halfway coherent.
Scott Jorgensen vs. Brad Pickett: Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett put on what will likely be “Fight of the Night.” It was a back-and-forth slugfest for the first two rounds with both fighters landing big shots. The third round saw Jorgensen hitting Pickett with a little ground and pound from top position while Pickett threatened with submissions from the bottom. In the end the judges gave Jorgensen the unanimous decision, but the fight was closer than the 30-27 scores suggested.
Chad Mendes vs. Cub Swanson: Cub Swanson had no answer for Ched Mendes power wrestling. Mendes scored takedown after takedown on Swanson, controlling him on the ground for much of the fight. Swanson scored a little on the feet, but not nearly enough to make the fight close.
Anthony Pettis vs. Shane Roller: Anthony Pettis put on a show against Shane Roller. He proved to be too well-rounded, too dynamic for Roller to keep up with over the course of three rounds. When Pettis wasn’t throwing and occasionally landing crazy cartwheel kicks he was scoring with strikes and takedowns. Roller who typically relies on his ground game to beat his opponents had a tough time getting Pettis there. Roller did manage to rock Pettis hard in the second but couldn’t capitalize and finish. Even when Roller finally put Pettis on his back in the third, he spent more time fending off submission attempts than scoring from top position.
The way Pettis finished the fight proved to be just as impressive as the rest of his performance. With the final 30 seconds ticking down in the fight, Pettis went for a takedown, landed in a guillotine choke, escaped and locked in a triangle choke of his own. With only seconds left on the clock Shane Roller tapped out. It will be a crime if the WEC doesn’t award Pettis with a lightweight title shot for the performance.
Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez: The rematch was closer than the first fight, but the result was the same. Dominick Cruz used his unorthodox footwork and movement along with his wrestling to squeeze out a split decision victory over Joseph Benavidez. Benavidez came into the fight with a better gameplan this time around. Rather than chase after Cruz, Benavidez was patient, let Cruz come to him and unloaded counter strikes when he got too close. Besides a huge knee that busted Cruz’s nose open, it was pretty close on the feet. According to CompuStrike, Cruz landed 86 of 233 total strikes while Benavidez landed 69 of 235. The difference was how Cruz performed on the ground as he stole several rounds with takedowns and top control. The judges’ scores were all over the place, but two of them thought Cruz did enough to retain his bantamweight title. It looks like Scott Jorgensen is next.
Knockout of the Night: Maciej Jewtuszko
Submission of the Night: Anthony Pettis
Fight of the Night: Scott Jorgensen & Brad Pickett
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $275,340
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie