by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com Urijah Faber’s bantamweight debut was supposed to be in September, but a knee injury sidelined the former 145-pound champion a couple of extra months. The “California Kid” is now primed to return on Nov. 11 against Japanese heavy-hitter Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 52 in Las Vegas.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Thursday, stating bout agreements have been issued and should be signed shortly for the November contest.
Since making the decision to drop to 135 pounds, Faber’s (23-4) bantamweight debut has been one of the most talked about moves in MMA. The former featherweight king dropped his last fight to current champion Jose Aldo in April, and then made the final decision to try his hand at 135 pounds after mulling the move for some time.
Faber was set to face Mizugaki in September at WEC 51, but a knee injury suffered in training pushed the fight off the card.
Happy to wait a few extra months to welcome Faber to the division is Japanese fighter and former bantamweight title contender Takeya Mizugaki (13-4-2). Coming off a win over Rani Yahya in his last fight, Mizugaki is anxious to be the first test for Faber in the 135-pound weight class. He even asked the WEC to hold off finding him another opponent when the Sacramento fighter was injured.
The bout between Faber and Mizugaki will likely serve as a co-main event for the November show, which is also set to feature the return of former bantamweight champion Brian Bowles against Wagnney Fabiano. More fights should be announced for WEC 52 in the coming weeks.