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Urijah Faber set to make bantamweight debut at WEC 52

Former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber will make his debut at 135-pounds this November after injuring his MCL in July while training. Fortunately, surgery wasn’t required to correct the problem, and as a result “The California Kid” was scheduled to be ready for a return to the cage sooner than later.

Though Faber had expressed an interest in fighting as soon as September 30th, he and his fans will have to wait a little longer, as MMAWeekly has confirmed WEC’s foremost face will step into the ring against previously-scheduled bantamweight opponent Takeya Mizugaki on November 11th at WEC 52.

The 26-year old Mizugaki should sound familiar to MMA fans remembering his epic five-round battle against Miguel Torres in April 2009. The 13-4-2 fighter has gone 2-1 since making his mark in America at the event with decision wins over Jeff Curran and Rani Yahya (and a decision loss to Scott Jorgensen sandwiched in-between them).

Faber is currently 23-4 and has only been finished once in his WEC career. After making a name for himself in the sport as one of the top 145-pound fighters competing, the dimple-chinned superstar has gone 2-3 in his last five bouts though two were decision losses in championship match-ups where he fought injured.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I’d like to see faber go on a run in this division good luck to him

  • manny says:


    He wont need to make a run in this division, after one fight in this div he’ll be fighting Cruz for the belt.
    3 out of his last 4 fights were for the title. WEC pretty much kisses his @$$ but how much longer?
    Good thing he moved down bc ALDO is UNSTOPPABLE.

  • BiG BaD BuLL says:

    um… didn’t mike brown stop him?

  • Swing Em says:


    Thats what i was thinking when I read the article too. Either way Urijah is a tough night for anybody & I see him winning this fight by Submission in the 2nd round. He’s a beast at 145 & i imagine he’ll be that much stronger at 135. I hope he makes a run & gets the strap.

  • Creature says:

    i have a feeling fabor is gonna tear right through this division

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    He was. Brain-fart. Corrected. Thanks for keeping an eye out. :)

  • I see Faber tearing through the division…I cant wait to see him and Torres throw down…Im tellin Yall Miguel may have hit some speed bumps but he’s still a monster and the first person to forget that is gonna pay…badly.

    and I think Curran won that fight against Mizugaki….he had him in a triangle for almost the whole last minute…great fight though.


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