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Event Center: WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez; Open Thread, Discussion, Results

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Join all your favorite MMAForReal.com community members and staffers when World Extreme Cagefighting returns for the first time in nearly two months at 9 p.m. ET tonight for "WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez." The show will be live from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas and is headlined by a WEC bantamweight championship fight between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez.

WEC 50 will air live on Versus and VersusHD at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Wednesday.

This post will be updated with the latest WEC 50 news and information nightly and will serve as the site's open thread for the show.

Results:

Main Card:
Dominick Cruz d. Joseph Benavidez (Decision/Split 48-47, 47-48, 49-46 - Retains Bantamweight Championship)
Anthony Pettis d. Shane Roller (Submission/Triangle Choke) R3 4:51
Chad Mendes d. Cub Swanson (Decision/Unanimous)
Scott Jorgensen d. Brad Pickett (Decision/Unanimous)
Bart Palaszewski d. Zach Micklewright (TKO/Punches) R2 0:31

Preliminary Bouts:
Maciej Jewtuszko d. Anthony Njokuani (TKO/Strikes) R1 1:36
Javier Vazquez d. Mackens Semerzier (Submission/Rear-Naked Choke) R2 1:35
Ricardo Lamas d. Dave Jansen (Decision/Unanimous)
Fredson Paixao d. Bryan Caraway (Decision/Split)
Danny Castillo d. Dustin Poirier (Decision/Unanimous)

Event Trailer:

Event Coverage:

Reed Harris Previews WEC 50, Expects Brian Bowles to Return in November [Versus.com]

With pressure gone, WEC 50's Chad Mendes honored to fight Cub Swanson [MMAJunkie.com]

Benavidez Calls Rematch with Cruz ‘Destiny' [Sherdog.com]

Cruz doesn't let WEC championship belt save his life [The Canadian Press]

'Smart Fighter' Scott Jorgensen Ready for Brad Pickett [MMAFighting.com]

"WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez" weigh-in photos: An MMAjunkie.com image gallery [MMAJunkie.com]

Vazquez Says He'll Armbar Semerzier at WEC 50 [Sherdog.com]

'Showtime' Pettis Plans to Exploit Shane Roller's Holes, Seize WEC Spotlight [MMAFighting.com]

Danny Castillo turns to team to avoid receiving last call at WEC 50 [MMAJunkie.com]