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Urijah Faber walks away from WEC 52 with “Submission of the Night”

Last night was a historic occasion for former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber on a few levels, as “The California Kid” not only made his 135-pound debut in dominating fashion against an apt opponent, but did so at the organization’s final offering in Las Vegas and even pocketed an additional $10,000 due to his Rear-Naked Choke of Takeya Mizugaki being named the show’s “Submission of the Night”.

Also earning an extra ten-thousand dollars at WEC 52, Erik Koch scored “Knockout of the Night” due to his 96-second TKO of Francisco Rivera. The impressive victory improved Koch’s record to 11-1 and was his second win in a row since losing via decision to Chad Mendes this past March.

“Fight of the Night” rightfully went to Cub Swanson and Mackens Semerzier for their three-round, toe-to-toe throwdown which eventually saw Swanson emerge the winner by way of split-decision. As was the case in the other event-bonuses, both featherweights earned $10,000 for their efforts.


  • Another great card delivered by WEC. Urijah looked outstanding and if possible even more explosive than usual. As you all can guess by my name, Im extremely happy with a clean sweep by team Alpha Male!

    And WOW what an outstanding fight between Cub Swanson and Mackens Semierzer. I look forward to the element of excitement alot of the WEC fighters will add to all upcoming UFC cards!

    Dominick Cruz better not get too used to having that title as the California Kid has his eyes on it.

  • cutman says:

    Wow what a card one of the most exciting cards I have seen anyone put out….Way to throwdown guys……

  • Guthookd says:

    I think Joe’s sub was way more important. He subed a BJJ black belt known for having a top notch and dangerous ground game. Faber subed a game opponent, but I don’t think Mizugaki’s BJJ is anywhere near that of Fabiano.

  • danw84 says:

    I find it odd that Faber chose to have his ass relocated to his chin. It must be gross having to have your head in a toilet to take a dump.

  • mu_shin says:

    Cub Swanson rising from the ashes of that first round loss against Jens Pulver a while back, and the brutal flying knee knockout against Jose Aldo… Best Cub has ever looked, and what a great MMA battle. Razor thin decision, which I agreed with, but it could have easily gone either way.

    Dominic Cruz better sharpen his skills, ’cause he’s got some work cut out for him in the near future, with the new California Kid on the block…

  • hindsightufuk says:

    chad mendes should get guard pass of the year award
    josh rosenthal is usually a good ref but he was way too slow getting urijah off Mizugaki, that was scary to watch, everyone was screaming at the tv ‘he’s out’!

  • fanoftna33 says:

    completly agree Hindsight, Josh was in a very tough spot with Mizugaki on his face and against the fence but it is always better to stop it early than that late. Look at Wieman vs Danzig even though it was a early stoppage Danzig didnt really loseanything and both guys were very classy in agreeing with the decision to put there safty ahead of entertainment.


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