Newly minted WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has confirmed he will be making his first title defense against a familiar foe in the up-and-coming Joseph Benavidez.
Cruz took a convincing unanimous decision over Benavidez at WEC 42 last August to earn himself a shot at the gold. It is the only blemish on Benavidez’ 12-1 resume.
Cruz captured the title by taking a 2ndRound TKO over then champ Brian Bowles after doctors deemed his broken right hand was too jacked-up to continue. Although Bowles fought most of the bout with just one paw, Cruz appeared to be the superior competitor throughout their contest nonetheless – constantly beating the former title holder to the punch.
Benavidez, on the other hand, looked sensational from beginning to end in his trouncing of former bantamweight king Miguel Torres in his last outing. It took the Alpha Male trained fighter less than two rounds to dispose of MMA’s baddest mullet, leaving no doubt as to who’s most deserving of a shot at Cruz’ new crown.
The August 18th event is expected to take place inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.