“WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki” took place Thursday night inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former featherweight champ turned 135-pounder Urijah Faber returned to action against Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki in the show’s main attraction.
The bantamweights were originally slated to square off at WEC 50, however “The California Kid” was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.
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. Faber was steamrolled by reigning 145-pound king Jose Aldo at WEC 48 this past April.
Although Faber has dropped three of his last five contests, all coming in championship scraps, he remains the organization’s most popular 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 his crown. Despite dropping a unanimous decision, he won over many stateside fans with his relentless performance.
Here are the results from tonight’s extravaganza:
Yves Jabouin Defeated Brandon Visher via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All Three Judges)
Cub Swanson Defeated Mackens Semerzier via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Michael McDonald Defeated Clint Godfrey via Submission (Armbar) at 2:42 in the 1stRound
Dustin Poirier Defeated Zack Micklewright via TKO (Punches) at 0:53 in the 1stRound
Anthony Njokuani Defeated Edward Faaloloto via TKO (Strikes) at 4:54 in the 2ndRound
Raphael Assuncao Defeated L.C. Davis via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All Three Judges)
Demetrious Johnson Defeated Damacio Page via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:27 in the 3rdRound
Joseph Benavidez Defeated Wagnney Fabiano via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:45 in the 2ndRound
Erik Koch Defeated Francisco Rivera via TKO (Strikes) at 1:36 in the 1stRound
Chad Mendes Defeated Javier Vasquez via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All Three Judges)
Urijah Faber Defeated Takeya Mizugaki via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:50 in the 1stRound