Joseph Benavidez lost in his attempt to wrest the bantamweight championship from Dominick Cruz his last time in the WEC cage but he showed no signs that he lacks confidence after the loss. Benavidez looked great in pressuring Wagnney Fabiano throughout the fight. It was powerful punches and kicks that forced Fabiano to back up and never get his own offense on track throughout the opening round.
In the second round Benavidez continued to try to use the pressure and when Fabiano slipped to the mat he attempted to pounce. Fabiano grabbed Benavidez's leg and attempted to get the takedown but got caught in a deep guillotine choke. Benavidez couldn't get the submission but he went back to it three times, getting the submission with the third try.
Fabiano is a great jiu-jitsu player but he gets reckless at times and gets caught in submissions he should not. Getting caught three times in the same hold is inexcusable for a guy of his caliber. The win gets Benavidez back on the winning track but it's hard to see him getting another shot at Cruz before his training partner Urijah Faber.