It didn’t take long for WEC brass to locate a suitable replacement for the injured Brian Bowles. According the good ‘ol rumor mill, former top contender Joseph Benavidez has agreed to step-in on just one months notice to take the November 11th battle.
Yesterday, MMAJunkie reported that the former bantamweight champion was forced to withdraw from his WEC 52 bout against Wagnney Fabiano with an undisclosed injury. Thursday afternoon, Versus confirmed the change with sources close to the event. The edgy network will be broadcasting the show live, so it’s highly likely their information is spot-on.
Benavidez is fresh off a disappointing performance against reigning 135-pound king Dominick Cruz in August. The champ used his superior quickness and footwork to eke out a split decision win. Benavidez still holds an impressive 12-2 record overall, however has split his last four contests.
Both losses come at the hands of Cruz.
Fabiano is a prefect 2-0 since moving down to the bantamweight division. The Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt opted to drop a few pounds after his amigo Jose Aldo decided to become the planet’s nastiest featherweight.
Here is WEC 52’s revamped roster:
Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
Cub Swanson and Mackens Semerzier
Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
Eddie Wineland vs. Damacio Page
Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vasquez
Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Joseph Benavidez
Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki