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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.
UFC 125 “Resolution”
Saturday, Jan. 1
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera
Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
* Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Current Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Antonio McKee will make his promotional debut in a preliminary matchup against Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125 “Resolution” on Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Seven fights are now official for the event, which will air live on pay-per-view.
McKee will carry an 11-fight winning streak into the match. An International Fight League veteran, he stopped Luciano Azevedo — the only man to defeat current World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Jose Aldo — on first-round strikes at MFC 26 in September. McKee has not lost a fight in nearly eight years and owns other notable victories against former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Delson Heleno, UFC veteran Marcus Aurelio and two-time Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight tournament finalist Toby Imada.
Spawned by the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Volkmann last appeared at UFC Live 2 in August, when he defeated Paul Kelly by unanimous decision at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego. A decorated amateur wrestler, the 30-year-old was a Big Ten conference champion and three-time Div. I All-American at the University of Minnesota. Volkmann, who once held the Victory Fighting Championship welterweight crown, has secured more than half (six) of his 11 career wins by submission. He has been finished only once — by the world-ranked Martin Kampmann — in 13 professional appearances.
A lightweight title bout pairing champion Frankie Edgar with undefeated challenger Gray Maynard will headline UFC 125, along with a pivotal heavyweight tilt between the once-beaten Shane Carwin and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 winner Roy Nelson. In addition, the oft-injured Thiago Silva will toe the line against Brandon Vera in a featured duel at 205 pounds. A lightweight duel pitting former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Takanori Gomi against Clay Guida and a middleweight battle pairing former WEC champion Brian Stann with Chris Leben will round out the main card.
Episode six of “The Ultimate Fighter 12” netted 1.7 million viewers this week, a decline from last week’s 1.9 million who tuned in to watch the show. The episode earned a 1.3 household rating, also a modest decline from the previous episode’s rating on 1.34.
The show also captured a 1.71 rating in the male 18-49 demographic and a 1.94 in males aged 18-34. Both numbers are down from last week.
Episode six followed a similar trend to this season’s past installments, starting slow with a 1.14 in the first fifteen minutes and finishing strong in the last quarter hour with a 1.42.
Two fights were featured this week, as Team GSP swept both bouts and improved to 5-1 on the season. In the first contest, Cody McKenzie caught Marc Stevens in his trademark guillotine, causing Team Koscheck’s number one pick to lose consciousness early in round one. In fight two, Jonathan Brookins submitted Sevak Magakian by rear naked choke in equally impressive fashion.
Additionally, the final installment of the UFC’s three-part series hyping the UFC 121 main event between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez earned an average of 1.2 million viewers, an improvement over the previous episode’s 1.1 million and the debut’s 974,000 viewers.
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Eddie Alvarez had a hotel room, but he decided to go home Wednesday and sleep in his own bed.
He woke Thursday morning and had a cup of coffee with his wife. Come afternoon he met with his coaches at the Fight Factory and watched footage of Roger Huerta. Come night he went down to the Liacouras Center and battered Huerta until the doctor stopped their entertaining lightweight bout after the second round.
“Now I’m gonna go home. It’s perfect,” Alvarez said of headlining Bellator 33 in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Huerta was gutsy, as always. He scored a flash knockdown in the first round, a slam in the second. Mostly, though, he absorbed punishment. Alvarez landed with his hands regularly, swelling Huerta’s left eye, but his kicks might have done the most damage.
“Every single thing worked tonight. Every single thing,” said Alvarez, Bellator’s lightweight champion. “It was sort of like [my coaches] plugged the remote control into the back of me, told me what to do and played with a paddle just like a video game.”
The uppercuts Huerta ate were ordered earlier that day when Alvarez studied footage with his coaches. Muay Thai trainer Ricky Lee pointed out that Huerta was open to the strikes. Alvarez used them relentlessly on the inside when he wasn’t crippling Huerta with kicks on the outside.
“He fought a hugely motivated Roger Huerta tonight, a guy who had everything to lose in this fight and everything to gain at the exact same time,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “And [Alvarez] literally dominated from start to finish.”
At the postfight news conference both Rebney and Alvarez turned to pushing for a co-promotional bout against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog.com earlier this month he was interested in making the match, but he cited various obstacles, most notably television.
Strikeforce has a deal with Showtime. Bellator has deals with Fox Sports Net and NBC. Coker called television a “big issue,” but Rebney dismissed it Thursday.
“There aren’t promotional issues,” Rebney said. “There aren’t any barriers to entry. There aren’t any hurdles.”
In fact, Rebney said the fight could take place on Strikeforce’s network and on the San Jose-based promotion’s home turf.
“What television network is it going to be on? We’ll do it on Showtime,” Rebney said. “Where will the fight happen? Well, let’s do it in San Jose. The answers to the questions are very simple.”
Rebney was careful to express his respect for Coker and Strikeforce, but he also blamed the promoter for preventing an Alvarez-Melendez matchup.
“There’s no reason that fight shouldn’t happen but for the fact that the promoter of Gilbert Melendez doesn’t want it to occur,” Rebney said.
“Scott Coker doesn’t want it to happen,” Alvarez echoed. “He’s trying to obviously protect his champion. I guess he has every right to. He has a business to run, so whatever.”
Coker has referenced other factors impeding the bout. Rebney’s stated willingness to send it to Showtime and San Jose might move the fight a little closer to reality, though. Alvarez would be far from his own bed and his Philly brethren, but he says a matchup in Melendez’s backyard would be worth it.
“I want to be number one in the world, and the only way to do that is to fight people like Gilbert,” Alvarez said. “If we can get our hands on him and the contracts work out, then that’s what we’ll do. But until then, it’s just talk. The paper’s gotta be signed. Let’s make it happen.”
While Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez have dominated the headlines this UFC 121 fight week, the Octagon’s other company quietly released the complete roster for “WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki.” The show takes place inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 11th.
Former WEC featherweight champ turned 135-pounder Urijah Faber meets Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki in the card’s featured contest. The bantamweights were originally slated to square off at WEC 50, however “The California Kid” was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.
“WEC has a reputation for putting on the best fights in all of MMA,” Harris said. “This card is filled with the fastest, most explosive competitors in our sport and we expect to give fans another awesome night of action on November 11th.”
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. What sealed the bantamweight deal for Faber must have been when reigning 145-pound king Jose Aldo unleashed a whooping on his left thigh.
Although Faber has dropped three of his last five contests, all coming in championship scraps, he remains the organization’s most popular and recognizable 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 the bantamweight crown. Despite dropping a unanimous decision, he won over many stateside fans with his Rocky Balboa-esque performance.
Here are the fighters expected to participate in the Versus broadcast:
Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson
Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher
Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
Edward Faaloloto vs. Anthony Njokuani
Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
Eddie Wineland vs. Damacio Page
Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vasquez
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Joseph Benavidez
Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch
Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki