Faber finishes, starts strong as UFC bantamweight

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Photo: Josh Hedges.

Las Vegas hosted the penultimate chapter of the WEC saga this Wednesday. The organization wraps up its story on December 16, after which all the weight divisions will be incorporated into the UFC. Proof of how it’s a good business move for the UFC: there was no lack of action in the blue cage.

In the evening’s main event, former featherweight champion Urijah Faber, making his debut as a featherweight, put to practice the Jiu-Jitsu he’s been working on with coach Fabio Pateta. The purple belt attacked with a guillotine, got back mount and choked Japan’s Takeya Mizugaki unconscious with a rear-naked choke. With the first-round triumph, Faber leaps to the top of divisional contenders, now in the UFC.

On the main card, Joseph Benavidez was superior to black belt Wagnney Fabiano. He persisted repeatedly with a guillotine that ultimately took in the second round.

Check out the complete results:

WEC 52
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
November 11, 2009

Urijah Faber submitted Takeya Mizugaki via rear-naked choke at 4:50 min of R1

Chad Mendes defeated Javier Vazquez via unanimous decision

Erik Koch defeated Francisco Rivera via TKO (strikes) at 1:36 min of R1

Joseph Benavidez submitted Wagnney Fabiano via guilltoine at 2:45 min of R2

Demetrious Johnson submitted Damacio Page via guillotine at 2:27 min of R3

Raphael Assunção defeated L.C. Davis via unanimous decision

Anthony Njokuani defeated Edward Faalolooto via TKO at 4:54 min of R2

Dustin Poirier defeated Zack Micklewright via TKO at 0.53 min of R1

Michael McDonald submitted Clint Godfrey via armbar at 2:42 min of R1

Cub Swanson defeated Mackens Semerzier via split decision

Yves Jabouin defeated Brandon Visher via decision

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