WEC 52 Faber vs. Mizugaki Live Results and Play-by-Play

Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber makes his bantamweight debut against Takeya Mizugaki on Thursday night at WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki at The Pearl at The Palms.

Urijah Faber rocking Takeya Mizugaki WEC 52
Urijah Faber rocking Takeya Mizugaki

MMAWeekly.com is cageside in Las Vegas to bring you the latest results and round-by-round action from WEC 52. The first preliminary bout is scheduled to start at approximately 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET, with the main card on Versus at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.

(Watch the WEC 52 Post-Fight Press Conference LIVE on MMAWeekly.com at approximately 9:15 p.m. PT / 12:15 a.m. ET.)

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Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Urijah Faber chokes out Takeya Mizugaki WEC 52

Urijah Faber chokes out Takeya Mizugaki

R1 – Both fighters throwing some good punches, Faber rushing in and out, trying to neutralize Mizugaki’s reach. They end up in a clinch, Mizugaki pressing Faber to the fence, but Faber switches position, pushes Mizugaki away, and blasts him with a forearm. He presses Mizugaki to the fence, driving home a hard elbow. Mizugaki reverses position again though and separates. Faber tries to press in with punches, but eats a combination from his Japanese foe, followed by a knee to the body. Faber again presses Mizugaki to the cage, but gets reversed. Faber misses with a guillotine, but takes the back of a standing Mizugaki, search for the rear naked choke. They drop to the mat, but Faber is still on Mizugaki’s back, locking on the rear naked choke and body triangle. Mizugaki rolled to his stomach, so it was difficult to see when he went out, but after Faber released the choke, it certainly appeared that he was completely unconscious, although his eyes were open.

Urijah Faber def. Takeya Mizugaki by at Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:50, R1

Javier Vazquez vs. Chad Mendes

R1 – Lots of heat coming into this fight, no love lost, and no touch of gloves before they engage. They quickly end up in a scramble, Vazquez trying to pull Mendes into his guard, but he won’t have any of it and they’re back on their feet. Surprisingly, Mendes quickly takes Velazquez down, landing in his full guard. Vazquez ties Mendes up with his arm and leg, throwing punches and elbows from his back. Mendes picks him up and slams him, but Vazquez holds tight and continues working aggressively from his back. Mendes is controlling position, but Vazquez is being the much more offensive fighter from his back, striking and searching for submissions.

Chad Mendes lands the flying knee on Javier Vazquez WEC 52

Chad Mendes lands the flying knee on Javier Vazquez

R2 – Strong leg kick by Mendes to start off the second round. And flying knee that hits the chin. Stunned, Vazquez pulls guard and again ties Mendes up, and starts firing punches from his back. Vazquez is non-stop punching and palm striking Mendes’ head and ears. Mendes is more active this round though, firing off more ground and pound than he did in the opening stanza. He moves out to stand over Vazquez, and then flips, trying to land in mount, but good reaction by Vazquez to keep Mendes from mount. They scramble and Mendes ends up in Vazquez’s guard again. Neither fighter gets much going and referee Herb Dean stands them up with about 20 seconds left in the round. On to round three.

R3 – Mendes scores another early takedown, landing in Vazquez’s guard. Vazquez continues to remain very active off his back, but Mendes stands up out of the guard fairly quickly this time. Vazquez stands and gets caught with the end of a Mendes kick to the head, then Mendes immediately puts him on his back once again. The action slows and Dean stands them again. Mendes lands a big right hand and gets powered down, Mendes follows and starts grinding him out with more ground and pound. Mendes is taking a clear advantage in the fight with his third round performance. Vazquez tries to tie him up again, but this time Mendes slips out and starts dropping more heavy shots from top position inside Vazquez’s full guard.

Chad Mendes def. Javier Vazquez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3

Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Koch

Erik Koch goes high on Francisco Rivera at WEC 52

Erik Koch goes high on Francisco Rivera

R1 – Both fighters come out kicking, but it is Koch that lands the big one first, slamming a the shin of his left leg into Rivera’s jaw, dropping him, hands down to the canvas. Koch immediately swarmed Rivera, dropping a couple hammerfists to the side of his head before referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in to stop the fight. Brutal, brutal finish by Koch.

Erik Koch def. Francisco Rivera by TKO (Strikes) at 1:36, R1

Wagnney Fabiano vs. Joseph Benavidez

R1 – Neither fighter is quick to engage, but Benavidez starts to edge ahead early with his punching. Fabiano does manage to land a hard shot that staggers Benavidez, but he shakes it off and starts back picking away at Fabiano. The Brazilian is showing that he’s much more willing to kick than he has been in the past. He’s not landing a lot, but does manage a solid kick to the body, but Benavidez retaliates with some strong kicks of his own and continues firing of short punch combinations, doing a good job not letting Fabiano use his reach advantage. Benavidez shoots in the final minute, not getting the takedown, but clinching and landing some solid knees to the body. Both fighters finish with a flurry of punches at the bell.

Joseph Benavidez sinks the choke on Wagnney Fabiano WEC 52

Joseph Benavidez sinks the choke on Wagnney Fabiano

R2 – Both fighters kick, but it’s Benevidez that lands a little cleaner and takes Fabiano’s legs out from under him. Fabiano gets up and moves in on Benavidez and gets caught in a guillotine. Fabiano is able to defend, but Benavidez lands a couple solid punches, then drop down on Fabiano with another guillotine that’s deep, but again, Fabiano escapes and moves to side control. Benavidez quickly escapes and then slaps on another deep guillotine. This time, Fabiano has no escape and taps out.

Joseph Benavidez def. Wagnney Fabiano by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:45, R2

Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

R1 – Page immediately starts throwing head kicks. He misses with those, but quickly clinches and lands some knees to the body. They wrestle to the ground, but quickly pop back up, Page immediately starting to head hunt again. Johnson fires back with a good knee to the midsection, but Page hip tosses him to the mat and starts working from half guard. Page works his way to full mount midway through the round. Johnson escapes to his feet, nearly gets caught in a guillotine, but then gets tossed right back to the mat. Johnson gets to his knees, then scores a double-leg takedown, but they quickly pop up and clinch on the fence. Big slam from Page, this time landing in side control with just under a minute left. Johnson gains full guard, playing defense until the bell.

Demetrious Johnson firing away at Damacio Page WEC 52

Demetrious Johnson firing away at Damacio Page

R2 – Johnson lands a switch-kick to the head to open the round, but it doesn’t faze Page, who clinches and wrestles Johnson to the mat. They work their way back to the feet, start to throw down, but Johnson lands a shin to Page’s groin, Page falling to his back, as referee Josh Rosenthal steps in and calls time for Page to recover. No point was taken away. Johnson starts firing off leg kicks, while Page sits back, waiting for the counter. Johnson shoots and takes Page down and starts working from inside his guard. Johnson tries to pass and nearly takes Page’s back, but Page escapes to his feet. Johnson puts him right back down on his back. Some good ground work by both fighters, but they end up trading blows, Page from his back. They scramble just before the bell, Johnson landing a few solid shots, but they’ll go to the final round.

R3 – Johnson starts out a ball of fire, pressing in on Page with punches, dropping him to the mat. He quickly follows into half guard, dropping short elbows down, but Page hangs on. Johnson keeps pressing, but his pace slows a bit as Page tries to defend. They scramble, Johnson secures a front face lock, then transitions to a guillotine choke from on top of Page, who is doubled up, and quickly taps out.

Demetrious Johnson def. Damacio Page by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:27, R3

L.C. Davis vs. Raphael Assuncao

R1 – The fighters are slow to start, taking time to feel each other out. The Brazilian, Assuncao, scores off with a leg kick. Davis ends up clinching with Assuncao. As they go to the ground, Assuncao takes Davis in a headlock, but can’t hold it. Davis on top now, dropping the occasional bomb on Assuncao’s dome. The men stand and reset with the round more than half gone. Assuncao lands a kick that looks to be a direct shot to the groin of Davis. The time is stopped and the fighters rest as Davis walks it off. Assuncao comes out as the action starts again with a superman punch combo that puts Davis up against the cage. The fighters separate and Assuncao dives in again, this time taking Davis up against the fence and then down to the ground to end a close round.

LC Davis and Raphael Assuncao WEC 52

LC Davis and Raphael Assuncao

R2 – The action starts with Assuncao swinging and missing, ending up with his face on the canvas. He quickly recovers, taking Davis up against the fence in the clinch. Assuncao takes control with some dirty boxing as Davis slips down and tries to escape. Assuncao again takes him up against the fence then down to the ground. Davis puts in an extra effort and manages to separate from Assuncao. Davis, now the aggressor, attempts to connect with Assuncao, but again ends up against the cage in a subservient position. With a minute remaining in the round, the fighters manage to distance one another. Davis looks to be gassing somewhat and is taking his time getting close to Assuncao, but as the 10-second warning sounds, both fighters engage in a flurry of combos before the bell.

R3 – The final round starts slowly as both fighters are tired from the previous rounds. Assuncao looks to have a bit more energy and delivers an inside leg kick. Davis is unable to get close to Assuncao without paying the price. This time he pays with another leg kick as he tries to get close to Assuncao. Davis tries again and this time stuns Assuncao with a punch. Assuncao falls to the mat, but quickly jumps up again. Assuncao then rushes in and takes Davis down, keeping a relentless pace in the fight. The fighters make their way to their feet again; this time it’s Davis that takes Assuncao down, but ends up in Assuncao’s choke. The fighters again separate and end the fight with a quick exchange.

Raphael Assuncao def. L.C. Davis by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3

Edward Faalolooto vs. Anthony Njokuani

Edward Faalolooto and Anthony Njokuani WEC 52

Anthony Njokuani drives the elbow home on Edward Faalolooto

R1 – The fighters get their instructions from referee Steve Mazzagati and Faalolooto starts with a couple leg kicks. Faalolooto takes Njokuani up against the cage, but cannot take him down. Faalolooto knees the groin of Njokuani, who lets out a painful cry as the action is suspended. The fight resumes after about 60 seconds with Mazzagati reminding Faalolooto to keep it clean. Faalolooto wraps Njokuani up against the cage and then takes him down to the ground. Njokuani quickly reverses roles and ends up on top of Faalolooto. The fighters eventually stand and Faalolooto is now playing defense as Njokuani connects with strikes, but does not seem to phase the chin of Faalolooto. The fighters end the round in the clinch looking to be a tough round to score.

R2 – Faalolooto in a defensive mode waiting for his opponent to make a mistake. Njokuani delivers a few strikes and leg kicks, but cannot seem to effect Faalolooto. Faalolooto grabs a loose leg of Njokuani, but can’t really convert it to anything special. Njokuani locks up Faalolooto and throws him to the ground and quickly gets side control, but it does not last long as both fighters separate and stand again. Njokuani returns the favor and gets a knee to the groin of Faalolooto and time is once again suspended. The fight picks back up, Faalolooto was not hurt as badly as Njokuani was with the earlier shot to the groin. Faalolooto rushes into Njokuani and the two engage in serious combat. Njokuani now delivers knees that crumple Faalolooto to the ground with seconds remaining in the round. Njokuani follows in quickly with a few strikes as the referee waves him off to end the fight by stoppage.

Anthony Njokuani def. Edward Faalolooto by TKO (Strikes) at 4:54, R2

Dustin Poirier vs. Zack Micklewright

Dustin Poirier lands a hard shot on Zack Micklewright WEC 52

Dustin Poirier lands a hard shot on Zack Micklewright

R1 – Poirier comes out early as the aggressor, dishing out nearly 20 strikes in just a few seconds. Micklewright tries to answer, but is no match for the ferocity of Poirier. The fighters separate for a few seconds then Poirier tracks and corners Micklewright again with a dozen or so brutal connecting strikes to end the round by referee stoppage.

Dustin Poirier def. Zack Micklewright by TKO (Strikes) at 0:53, R1

Michael McDonald vs. Clint Godfrey

Michael McDonald at WEC 52

Michael McDonald after defeating Clint Godfrey

R1 – They touch gloves and Godfrey starts the action with an inside leg kick followed by another that McDonald answers with a strike. McDonald then follows that strike with another, knocking Godfrey to his back. McDonald pounces on his opponent, now delivering several strikes, but Godfrey somehow scrambles away from him to stand again. Godfrey now engages in the clinch with McDonald, lifts him up, and slams him to the ground. Once on the ground, McDonald locks up Godfrey in an armbar to end the fight as Godfrey quickly taps.

Michael McDonald def. Clint Godfrey by Submission (Armbar) at 2:42, R1

Cub Swanson vs. Mackens Semerzier

R1 – Referee Herb Dean has them touch gloves and they are off. The fighters exchange a flurry of leg kicks with neither fighter besting the other.  Semerzier rushes in and tackles Swanson to the ground. Swanson wriggles free and the fighters stand.  Semerzier clinches with Swanson taking him up against the cage. Swanson pinwheels Semerzier around and then locks him up in a head lock, throwing  Semerzier to the ground in spectacular fashion. Both fighters scramble away and stand once again. They’re now exchanging a wild barrage of kicks and punches in  a relatively even manner. Swanson attempts a takedown, but is met with a knee from Semerzier, both fighters working hard to end the round.

Cub Swanson swinging on Mackens Semerzier WEC 52

Cub Swanson swinging on Mackens Semerzier

R2 – Semerzier takes Swanson up against the cage in the clinch and delivers a hard knee to his body. Swanson answers with a steady stream of punches. They exchange punches in a stand-up battle with Swanson then grabbing  Semerzier by the legs and dumping him onto the ground.  Semerzier quickly get to his feet and the fighters continue to put on a steady show of exchanges. Very quick paced exchanges now as both fighters land an impressive number of shots. Swanson then dives in and wraps his arms around  Semerzier, taking him to the ground to end the round.

R3 – Semerzier is the aggressive fighter early, taking Swanson down. Both fighters then alternate control on the ground. Back to their feet, Swanson attempts a high leg kick that is grabbed by Semerzier, who takes Swanson down. They both quickly get to their feet again and exchange a number of kicks and strikes that meet their mark. Swanson is taken down by  Semerzier with about 1:30 left in the round. Semerzier takes Swanson’s back and absolutely dominates him for the final minutes and seconds of the round. Swanson, with less than 10 seconds left, stands and connects with a flurry of punches to end the round.

Cub Swanson def. Mackens Semerzier by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3

Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher

R1 – Jabouin shows some early quickness as the fighters feel each other out. They circle each other several times exchanging a few strike attempts but nothing connects. Jabouin connects with a couple low leg kicks. Jabouin locks up Visher and delivers a knee to Visher’s chest. Jabouin lunges in and takes Visher down. Jabouin controls Visher on the ground with nothing much of consequence happening as the round ends.

Yves Jabouin rocks Brandon Visher WEC 52

Yves Jabouin rocks Brandon Visher

R2 – Jabouin starts off round 2 with a bang as he lands a few early shots. Visher answers, but not quite as strong. Jabouin now lands a few high leg kicks on Visher that are bothering him. Jabouin takes Visher down and takes a dominant position with a closed guard. Jabouin controls Visher’s head. Visher is trying very hard to land some strikes from the bottom. Jabouin takes Visher in a guillotine choke, but can’t hold it.

R3 – Jabouin starting again with a few light leg kicks. Visher attempts to connect with strikes, but cannot get close. Jabouin lands a strike and Visher staggers back, but recovers quickly. Jabouin lands a knee to Visher’s inside thigh and takes him down to the mat with ease. Jabouin now controlling from on top with Visher desperately attempting to get up, but he can’t escape. Visher lands some punches, but can’t deliver them with much energy at this point. Jabouin does a great job in avoiding the stand-up as the clock ticks away. Jabouin continues the domination on the ground as the final seconds tick away to end the round.

Yves Jabouin def. Brandon Visher by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3


Main Bouts (On Versus):
Urijah Faber def. Takeya Mizugaki by at Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:50, R1
Chad Mendes def. Javier Vazquez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Erik Koch def. Francisco Rivera by TKO (Strikes) at 1:36, R1
Joseph Benavidez def. Wagnney Fabiano by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:45, R2
Demetrious Johnson def. Damacio Page by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:27, R3

Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
Raphael Assuncao def. L.C. Davis by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Anthony Njokuani def. Edward Faalolooto by TKO (Strikes) at 4:54, R2
Dustin Poirier def. Zack Micklewright by TKO (Strikes) at 0:53, R1
Michael McDonald def. Clint Godfrey by Submission (Armbar) at 2:42, R1
Cub Swanson def. Mackens Semerzier by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
Yves Jabouin def. Brandon Visher by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3