Former featherweight champ Urijah Faber has just announced he will be forced out of his WEC bantamweight debut against Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 50.
“The California Kid” was unable to elaborate on his injury, which is understandable given the 140 character limit imposed by the social networking giant, however will provide more information regarding his exit from the card later this afternoon.
“It’s crazy how things are dealt with, I’ve been on a gag order. I’ll have a video on urijahfaber.com & go on @carmichaeldave radio tonight,” Faber added.
After an unprecedented title run in the WEC’s featherweight division, Faber lost his belt to Mike Brown at WEC 36 and followed it up with a unanimous decision loss in their mulligan at WEC 41. What sealed the bantamweight deal for Faber must have been when reigning 145-pound king Jose Aldo unleashed a whooping on his left thigh.
Although his lopsided loss to Aldo in the company’s only pay-per-view broadcast must have influenced his decision, Faber told 5thRound.com prior to the contest that he would consider mega fights in other weight classes if he were to lose the highly anticipated showdown with the Brazilian.
Mizugaki holds a respectable 13-4-2 record, however made quite the splash in his WEC debut as a last-minute replacement to challenge then champ Miguel Torres for the bantamweight crown. Despite dropping a unanimous decision, the Japanese stud won over many stateside fans with his Rocky Balboa-esque performance.
WEC brass are currently scouring the globe for a suitable replacement to face Mizugaki inside The Pearl in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mizugaki’s co-main event status will likely hinge on who the UFC’s little bro is able to find to replace their most recognizable athlete with.