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Completed MMA Bout

Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Main Event | Bantamweight · 135 lbs | MMA

Mmaweekly large "The California Kid" Urijah Faber
Mmaweekly large Takeya Mizugaki

Round 1

Urijah Faber Takeya Mizugaki

"The California Kid"

23-4-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-4-2
Climbed to 24-4   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-5
-450 (Heavy Favorite)   Betting Odds   +325 (Moderate Underdog)
Us United States   Nationality   Jp Japan
Sacramento, California   Fighting out of   Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
31 years, 5 months   Age at Fight   26 years, 10 months, 5 days
136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs)
5'6" (168cm)   Height   5'7" (171cm)
67.0" (170cm)   Reach   69.5" (177cm)
Team Alpha Male   Gym   Shooting Gym Hakkei
WEC 52
  • Bout Information
  • Event: WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
  • Date: Thursday 11.11.2010 at 09:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Josh Rosenthal
  • Venue: The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Todd Harris, Stephan Bonnar
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Craig Hummer
  • Faber Total Disclosed Pay: $66,000
  • Mizugaki Total Disclosed Pay: $10,000
  • Event Links:

Faber vs. Mizugaki Wiki Update Wiki

In the main event of WEC 52, former featherweight champion Urijah Faber made his bantamweight debut against Japan's Takeya Mizugaki, a former title contender himself at 135 pounds.

Faber stepped inside to throw strikes early, yet Mizugaki was able to effectively counter with punches of his own. Mizugaki had Faber up against the fence but Faber was able to reverse and throw a solid knee to the midsection. Faber landed a powerful elbow from the clinch that Mizugaki absorbed and gamely tried to fire back against. Mizugaki counter-punched effectively and defended Faber's first takedown attempt. The quicker Faber made his way to Mizugaki's back while standing, looking for a rear-naked choke as Mizugaki stood up against the fence trying to defend.

The fighters fell to the mat with under a minute remaining and Mizugaki looking to survive the submission attempt until the end of the round. Faber would have none of it, snaking his arm deeper and deeper under Mizugaki's chin until the choke was fully locked on. Mizugaki turned to his side but refused to tap, forcing referee Josh Rosenthal to come to the ghostly-unconscious fighter's rescue.

Responding to post-fight interviewer Craig Hummer, Faber commented, "the Japanese have that fighting spirit... I knew I had to do something drastic to put him out... I'm a finisher, I think that's what the division needs." Addressing the question of his move to 135 pounds he stated "I'm at my most competitive weight. It's a new era, baby."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:24 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  Urijah Faber pre-fight interview with fight! magazine report dead link

    Urijah Faber talks to Fight! Magazine about his desire to fight for a UFC belt.

  • Promo Video  |  Faber vs Mizugaki Preview Video by WEC report dead link

    The WEC produced this preview video to the Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki fight at WEC 52.

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