Highly regarded bantamweights Joseph Benavidez and Dominick Cruz have recently signed to face one another at WEC 42.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was able to confirm the signing of the bout from sources close to the fight.
WEC 42 is expected to take place sometime in August in Las Vegas, although no specific venue for the event has been identified at this time.
The undefeated Urijah Faber protege Benavidez is widely considered to be one of the leading challengers to Miguel Torres‘ bantamweight crown. He has gone undefeated in his ten fight career with his most recent victory coming over Jeff Curran at WEC 40.
Cruz has only suffered one loss in his fourteen fight career and it was to none other that Urijah Faber back in March of 2007. He has put together four consecutive victories since the defeat with his most recent being a decision over Ivan Lopez, also at WEC 40.
Expected to headline the show will be a bantamweight title bout between Miguel Torres and Brian Bowles. The winner of the bout between Benavidez and Cruz will undoubtedly be positioned for the next crack at the strap.