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Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez II

Main Event | WEC Bantamweight Championship | 135 lbs

Dominick Cruz defeats Joseph Benavidez via 5 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz
Mmaweekly large Joseph "The Beefcake" Benavidez

Cruz
Decision
Round 5

Dominick Cruz Joseph Benavidez

"The Dominator" "The Beefcake"

15-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   12-1-0
Climbed to 16-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 12-2
-210 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +180 (Slight Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
San Diego, California   Fighting out of   Sacramento, California
24 years, 11 months, 1 day   Age at Fight   26 years, 4 days
134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs)
5'8" (173cm)   Height   5'4" (163cm)
68.0" (173cm)   Reach   65.0" (165cm)
Alliance MMA   Gym   Team Alpha Male
WEC 50
  • Bout Information
  • Event: WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez
  • Date: Wednesday 08.18.2010 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
  • Venue: Palms Casino Resort
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Todd Harris, Stephan Bonnar
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Craig Hummer
  • Cruz Total Disclosed Pay: $22,000
  • Benavidez Total Disclosed Pay: $17,500
  • Title on Line: WEC Bantamweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Cruz
  • Event Links:

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Videos & Highlights

    Promo Video  |  "How Bad Do You Want It?" Dominick Cruz Promo Video report dead link

    A short interview and video promo piece with WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz before his rematch with Joseph Benavidez.

  • Promo Video  |  "The Road to WEC: Cruz vs. Benavidez - Benavidez Ep. 1" by WEC report dead link

    The WEC previews the Cruz vs. Benavidez 2 matchup in its "Road to the WEC" preview series.

  • Promo Video  |  "Nothing Else Really Matters" Behind the Scenes with Dominick Cruz report dead link

    The WEC speaks to Dominick Cruz and his trainers for some insight into Cruz's preparation for the Cruz vs. Benavidez Bantamweight Championship matchup at WEC 50.

  • Promo Video  |  "Joseph Benavidez - No. 1 Bantamweight Contender" Preview Video from WEC report dead link

    The WEC produced this pre-fight look at Joseph Benavidez before his rematch with Dominick Cruz for the WEC title at WEC 50.

Cruz vs. Benavidez II Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

" I don't know but I been told you never slow down you never grow old"
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@TJDillashaw Pig..
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@Wig87 yup feeling good! Just 1 cut across my nose...be healed up quick! Thnx 4 watching!
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RT @nbcsandiego #MMA Champ @TheDomin8r Dominick Cruz is a big deal, but never too big to stop learning http://bit.ly/c0eR0H #ufc #wec !nice!
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@Sholler_WEC You and the lion king??!! God ur wife is sooo lucky!! Hahaha..Lemme knw how it is man..I wanna check It out
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Took out @tjdillashaw s squad on the vball court! http://twitpic.com/2hcqyq
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@SMOOTHone155 thanx 4 being there! Ill b there 2 watch u defend again! Stay up!!
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@KendaPerez good 2 know! Cuz I want 2 c it,make sure I didn't snd silly;) haha! Where do I find the interview, and wat time?
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@Juicelee ali! Always
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@misskatiereilly I'm feelin pretty lucky that I was jus able to see u in that pic! Yummy.have fun wit the folks
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@SMOOTHone155spreading scriptures frm the bible all over twitter is genius!"I can do all things with christ who strengthens me!"philipp.4-13
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Jus realized I haven't drank water since the 5th rd of my fight! Jus soda n milk...milkshakes
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Fights were so mad I had to come to in nout to make me happy...now of to the park! Happy bday @bopojoseph n @jbmma155
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One of the hardest wrkin guys in the gym Scott "battling" Nelson with the dominant victory! Relentless from the start.what a guy.deserves it
3 days
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Congrats to my trainin partner mario soto! Jus pulled off a peruvian neck tie submish 1st rd! He's been wrkin hard..good to see it pay off!
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Jus got to the battle at the ballpark in marysville! Should be fun .Alphamale up n comers goin to battle!
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@titaleto pretty much..u knw blood n skulls n crap are pretty dirty things..and all the unnecessary designin all over most shirts=filthy!
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@jordanbreen hope it didnt shock n confuse u too bad..if it did forgive me please!..Live it was awesome tho..the joint was groovin!
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@jordanbreen "Stranglehold" is 4ever my song,has been since day 1.But i had a vision and James Brown "The Payback" fit that vision.
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@NoDoubtTrout Thx 4 supportin bro. Shoulda had that 1.Look 4ward to ur nxt bout..I knw ur goin straight to the top!! I will meet you there!
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*cleanest
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@JosephMize i will problay be there
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everyone go get my walkout kit at www.formathletics.com coolest sleanest mma gear around..Check it out!
3 days
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@ecrespo2 "Stranglehold" is forever my song and has been since the begining..I jus thought James Brown "The Payback" would be very fitting
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@SethTinsley thanks for goin out dude..ur the man and it is jus the beginning..btw 2 handsome fools in ur profile pic
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@TJDillashaw its okay..but since in n out is right there it is a waste..doggieeeee
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@unstoppableLTP u would love being one of the 5 guys! probaly the one in the middle
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2 top it off eatin a burgerNfries readin new Playboy.u knw wht would make it better?? In n Out instead of this 5 guys stuff.IN N OUT 4 LIFE!
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Life is good.ya I'm a lil heartbroken.u knw I wrked soo hard for that moment.but I'm doin wht I love n have the best fam friends and fans.
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@DavyLambert James Brown- The Payback!..since that's wht I was goin for..I will be bac to "stranglehold" next time out!
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Watchd the fight..it was a close one. Goin to get a burger at five guys in natomas heard it grt!
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@KCinAriz flowing wells high
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@brittneypalmer thanx a ton! Glad I could entertain!!ha
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@KendaPerez watch the fight again! I did land 1 @ least;)haha!...thanx 4 watching!!! Good cn u out there2! C u in boston!
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Thank u EVERYBODY 4 all the luv and support!I am honored and blessed 2 put a gr8 show on 4 u!!team alliance baby!Shout out 2 tucson and sd!!
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Thanks to everyone out there for the support..congrats to @chadmendes and @lastcall155 ill keep pluggin away.can't wait for the next one
17 hours
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Big day today...
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@Slack_aka_HBK thanx dogg! I'm ready to go!
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Everyone that guessd Chad "money" Mendes was right! Got a lot of faber guesses..and I can understand why...TWINS!
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@TWebb31 Ur got it
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@MMAjunkieGeorge U could call him a beefcake..but he's not The Beefcake..its @chadmendes
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Can u guys guess wht wec superstar this is....he's jus a lil guy http://twitpic.com/2fqu8s
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@danawhite thanx 4 the hand specialist! I'm pumped and ready to put on a show!! Much appreciation!
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Weight is good..3 1/2 lbs to do today..its gettin close! See ya at weigh ins!
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@kevini absolutely love the article!! Pumps me up..Everyone check this out http://yhoo.it/bsGsS2
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@albiegizzle ready to do work cuz..can't wait!
2 days
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Ran n drilled some stuff! Lost some weight...gonna eat n get some good sleep.
2 days
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RT @RickJLee Check out the new @Fightmagazine video with @TheDomin8r http://youtu.be/uuiVPwU0uos grindin peeps!
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Bout to do a skype interview for @vsthedailyline ! Exciting. Should air later today..check it out! Awesome show
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http://twitpic.com/2fdy1h thanks to all the media that went to the wrkouts..can't wait for the fight.
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Master thong is watchin the spanish channel...bizzare..headin to @weconversus public/media wrkouts wit @chadmendes
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@JoeAMartinez thanks playa! U love el paso..
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@landrymajor I have a hunch u will get what u want!! See ya here
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Jus finished a lil wrkout/weight. Feelin like a soon to be world champ. Weight is good (140) gonna eat.....some food!
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@MIKLOdeSOMA not guna lie, u guys r like the mexican version of mma- jackass!lol, xcept ur the only stuntman!ha..wear sunglasses;)!haha
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RT @lastcall155 A little vitamin D never hurt anybody... http://twitpic.com/2f4mbm ..... danny ur so hott!
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Did my stare downs n interviews wit cruz..he's a dead man! Eatin n hangin by the pool.then a grocery run!
3 days
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@ALQUI84 if u can find me, I'm always down, I might have a signing after the fight...
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@TitoAlpha U knw it baby boo!
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@jessesgirl24 wow..grt to hear that! Tell them hello and hope to see them when I go to SA! I got this..cnt wait
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Las Vegas = Classy Ladies! God I love it.. http://twitpic.com/2ewt8b
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http://twitpic.com/2ewpnv
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in room listenin2 @tjdillashaw talk of his world travels n all the good he has spread.this man makes Gandhi look like a child pornographer!
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Follow @tjdillashaw he's been in the mountians for the last 32days..welcome him back to the real world!
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@SMOOTHone155 always gr8 to hear frm u mr.smooth! Hope training and all else going well 4 u! Stay up!
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@effyescudero thanx dogg! Hope ur trainings going well!p.s...taze miklo 4 me @ least one more time!;)hahaha
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Palms front desk did some sweet interior designing...pretty coo http://twitpic.com/2ervq0
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http://twitgoo.com/1i08ao sick banner up behind the frnt desk at the palms! Put a smile on my face!ha
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Jus arrived in Vegas..there is always some real freaks shows roamin around http://twitpic.com/2ergxd
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@MMAInc u knw ur stuff jeff..I like it!
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" I miss the earth so much..I miss my wife..its lonely out in space..on such a tiiiiimeless flight"
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Leaving sac..when I come bac I will have achieved somethin so grt! Awesome feelin...believe
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@KendaPerez thank u much! c u there!
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@ the airport vegas-bound! And it begins!!
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@unstoppableLTP U knw ur stuff! He's the F in man! I jus saw him 3 wks ago doggie it was epic!
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"She packed my bags lastnight..preflight..zero hour 9am.and I'm gonna be hiiiiiigh as a kite by then"
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Nice goin to war bbq and watched @mieshatate kick butt.. gotta get in the zone now for packin!
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Good luck to @mieshatate 2night!
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@DamonMartin I would wait in traffic till the sun burnt out...
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@misskatiereilly Hahahahha..get it girl!
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@misskatiereilly Hahhaah..get it girl!
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Off to gym for one last go around! Train, interview wit sac bee, ice bath, massage..heading out to Vas Legas 2morrow!!
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Check this video out -- AMP Energy presents Road to WEC: Cruz vs. Benavidez: Joseph -- Episode 4 http://t.co/YPwIXqv via @youtube
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RT @WEConVERSUS RT @ufc: Tune in 30 on espn2 for mma live w/ chael, stephan bonnar and wec champ dominick cruz...good times!
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It a beautiful day! Hit some mitts wit master drilled wit lieutenant dan got a massage! I'm ready to rock...world champ coming soon!
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Jus did grt interview wit larry pepe pro mma radio...gonna air Monday check it out.. 2 more days in sac!
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check it.. @ampenergy Road to WEC 50 Josep - Episode 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yxTSOflGVs&feature=channel
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RT @Sholler_WEC Bantamweight champ @thedomin8r filming MMA Live with @Jon_Anik tomorrow morning! Great stuff. Yessir!!
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http://twitpic.com/2dswwe Thanks guys!! WE got this ...you guys are the best!
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Check out these cool @ampenergy vids http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TydJZOlC7_Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57t6WtBUM8c&feature=channel
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@coleescovedo I been doin it the last few fights man..and they both jus help recovery so much..the right massage really fine tunes my body
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@JAIME_COR_ROD formathletics.com
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Jus did wec conference call..gonna hang out my pool and eat. Then get in some light sparrin wit master thong later..and get a massage
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Grt interview wit @mmaweeklycom gonna go for a run...
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@EllenbergerMMA Feelin like a champ..ready to do this man! Congrats on the new deal bud
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@misskatiereilly Thanks baby... I got this! Cnt freakin wait..
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Last week trainin in Sac. I'm soo ready to do this
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