In its second to last show, the WEC will feature Urijah Faber fighting Takeya Mizugaki. The event will air live on WEC on Thursday night from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The broadcast should start around 9 PM Eastern on Versus.
There will be more than a few guys fighting for a spot in the organization as it moves to the UFC. Depending on the contract, I expect most of the losers from the premilinary card to be shown the door.
This will be the first time to 135 pound for Faber, who has been a consistently solid draw for the promtion. Expect Faber to look for takedowns and ground and pound early and often, as he should have an advantage grappling.
Urijah Faber was truly one of the fighters who put the WEC on the map since he won the featherweight title in March of 2006 against Cole Escovedo. During a 13 fight win streak from October of 2005 to June of 2008, Faber defended the WEC belt 5 times, including over current bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz. Faber has since alternated wins and losses prompting the shift to 135.
(Urijah Faber Pictured)
Takeya Mizugaki will be looking to trade strikes early and often, with his quick and accurate kickboxing. The former Cage Force bantamweight tourney champ and Shooto rookie of the year has WEC wins over BJJ black belts Jeff Curran and Rani Yahya.
Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
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Edward Faaloloto vs. Anthony Njokuani
Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher
Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson