Thursday, August 19, 2010

WEC 50 Quick Shot

[PHOTO PROPS: BleacherReport.com]
Those little guys pack a big punch!

WEC 50 made for one explosive night of fights. Here's a quickshot of what happened:

  • In the headliner, Dominick Cruz defended his Bantamweight Title in true soldier-fashion, fending off a hard press from top contender Joseph Benavidez.  The challenger, Benavidez, made his presence known with a couple of good knees and a series of power punches that led to a bloody-faced Cruz. Cruz, on the other hand, out-scored his opponent with a contingency of takedowns.
  • Shane Roller and Anthony Pettis showed out in the co-main event. The two lightweights mixed it up for the best of three hard rounds with Pettis showing off his kicking abilities against All American wrestler Roller. Pettis put the icing on the cake with a triangle choke, forcing the tap with nine seconds remaining on the clock.
  • Chad Mendes was in a double-leg fury last night. Mendes put on a takedown clinic, coasting to a unanimous decision victory over a more experienced Cub Swanson. Cub's striking game was simply no match for the D-1 All American wrestler.
  • Scott Jorgenson made a punching bag of Brad Pickett in a three round ground-and-pound campaign. If Scott's title ambitions are to be considered following this fight, his highlight reel-worthy display of takedowns, punches, and elbows was the perfect marketing strategy.
  • In lightweight action, Bart Palaszewski opened the main card with a second round knockout victory over Zachary Micklewright. Micklewright's extensive reach just wasn't enough to ward off the right cross-body kick combo that lead to the ref stoppage.

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COMPLETE RESULTS

Main Card:
Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez by split decision R5
Anthony Pettis def. Shane Roller by submission (triangle choke) 4:51 R3
Chad Mendes def. Cub Swanson by unanimous decision R3
Scott Jorgensen def. Brad Pickett by unanimous decision (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 (RNC) 1:35 R2
Ricardo Lamas def. Dave Jansen by unanimous decision R3
Fredson Paixao def. Bryan Caraway by split decision R3
Danny Castillo def. Dustin Poirier by unanimous decision R3

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