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WEC 52 Recap: Faber Submits Mizugaki in First, Mendes Tops Vazquez

Urijah FaberUriah Faber’s bantamweight debut went off without a hitch on Thursday, as the former WEC featherweight champion choked out Takeya Mizugaki in the opening round of the WEC 52 main event in Las Vegas.

Faber outpointed Mizugaki as they traded on their feet early, then took his back in the final minute before locking on a rear naked choke that put Mizugaki to sleep with 10-seconds left in the Versus-televised headliner.

Now 24-4, Faber is in line for a shot at the 135-pound title currently held by Dominick Cruz, while Mizugaki falls to 13-5-2.

In the WEC 52 co-headliner, Faber’s teammate Chad Mendes controlled fellow featherweight Javier Vazquez to remain unbeaten with a unanimous decision win, while Erik Koch, Joseph Benavidez, and Demetrious Johnson also earned wins on the night’s main card.

The complete WEC 52 results were:


  • Urijah Faber def. Takeya Mizugaki via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 4:50
  • Chad Mendes def. Javier Vazquez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Erik Koch def. Francisco Rivera via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:36
  • Joseph Benavidez def. Wagnney Fabiano via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:45
  • Demetrious Johnson def. Damacio Page via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 2:27


  • Raphael Assuncao def. L.C. Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Anthony Njokuani def. Edward Faaloloto via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:54
  • Dustin Poirier def. Zack Micklewright via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:53
  • Michael McDonald def. Clint Godfrey via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:42
  • Cub Swanson def. Mackens Semerzier via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Yves Jabouin def. Brandon Visher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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