Zuffa Plugs Hole in 11-Fight WEC 52 Lineup
WEC 52 “Faber vs. Mizugaki”
Thursday, Nov. 11
Palms Casino Resort
Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch
Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
Damacio Page vs. Demetrious Johnson
Zachary Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
Anthony Njokuani vs. Edward Faaloloto
Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher
Michael McDonald vs. Clint Godfrey
Cub Swanson vs. Mackens Semerzier
L.C. Davis vs. Raphael Assuncao
A speculated bout between World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight contender Damacio Page (Pictured) and Demetrious Johnson has been made official for WEC 52 “Faber vs. Mizugaki” on Nov. 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Johnson replaces injured former champion Eddie Wineland, who was forced to withdraw from his fight with Page due to a shoulder injury. Eleven matches are now official for the event, which will air live on the Versus network.
A Greg Jackson protégé, Page is coming off back-to-back wins inside the WEC cage. Known as “The Angel of Death,” Page’s only loss inside the promotion came at the hands of former titleholder Brian Bowles at WEC 35 in 2008. Since joining the organization, the 28-year-old has gone 3-1, earning a unanimous decision victory over current championship contender Scott Jorgensen in his promotional debut at WEC 32. Page has finished all but one of his opponents by knockout or submission.
Johnson has lost only once in his young career, as he dropped a unanimous decision to Brad Pickett at WEC 48 in his first fight with the WEC. “Mighty Mouse” found redemption in his next contest, however, as he defeated Nick Pace six months later at WEC 51 in September. Training under Matt Hume at AMC Pankration in Washington, the 24-year-old has submitted more than half of his defeated opponents and has allowed only two of his fights to go the distance.
WEC 52 will be headlined by former featherweight champion Urijah Faber, as he makes his debut at 135 pounds. The Team Alpha Male standout will take on former title challenger Takeya Mizugaki. The show will also feature another important bantamweight tilt, as Faber’s teammate, Joseph Benavidez, squares off against Brazilian contender Wagnney Fabiano. In the featherweight division, Josh Grispi meets Erik Koch, and Chad Mendes takes on Javier Vazquez.