As expected, former WEC featherweight champ turned 135-pounder Urijah Faber will return to action against Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 52 on November 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The bantamweights were originally slated to square off at WEC 50 last month, however “The California Kid” was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. WEC general manager Reed Harris confirmed the rescheduled bout during today’s media conference call.
After an unprecedented featherweight title run, 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 Faber has dropped three of his last five contests, all coming in championship scraps, he remains the organization’s most popular and recognizable athlete.
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 52 takes place inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The night’s main card airs live on Versus.
According to Harris, tickets for the show go on sale later this week.
Here are the fighters expected/rumored to participate in the event:
Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch
Eddie Wineland vs. Damacio Page
Brian Bowles vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki