WEC 52

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WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
A poster or logo for WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki.
Promotion World Extreme Cagefighting
Date November 11, 2010
Venue The Pearl at The Palms
City United States Paradise, Nevada
Event chronology
WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis

WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting on November 11, 2010 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.[1]


Urijah Faber made his bantamweight debut against Japanese striker Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 52.[2][3]

A bout between Bart Palaszewski and Kamal Shalorus was expected to take place at this event,[4] but was moved to WEC 53 after Shalorus injured his hand.[5] Shalorus won the rescheduled bout by split decision.

Brian Bowles was expected to face Wagnney Fabiano at this event but was forced off the card with an injury[6] and replaced by Joseph Benavidez.[7]

Eddie Wineland was expected to face Damacio Page at this event,[8] but was forced out of the bout with a shoulder injury and replaced by Demetrious Johnson.[9]

Josh Grispi was pulled from his fight with Erik Koch, to be inserted into a UFC Featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 125.[10] Koch ended up fighting Francisco Rivera.[11]

This was the last WEC event to feature fights in the featherweight division. No featherweight fighters competed on the final WEC card the next month, and all fighters in the division were subsequently merged into the UFC.

With longtime Zuffa ring announcer Bruce Buffer in Germany for UFC 122, former WEC ring announcer Joe Martinez made a return to handle announcing duties for this event.[12]

The event drew an average of 570,000 viewers on Versus.[13]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight Urijah Faber def Takeya Mizugaki Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:50
Featherweight Chad Mendes def Javier Vazquez Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Erik Koch def Francisco Rivera TKO (head kick and punches) 1 1:36
Bantamweight Joseph Benavidez def Wagnney Fabiano Submission (guillotine choke) 2 2:45
Bantamweight Demetrious Johnson def Damacio Page Submission (guillotine choke) 3 2:27
Preliminary card
Featherweight Raphael Assunção def LC Davis Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Anthony Njokuani def Edward Faaloloto TKO (knees and elbows) 2 4:54
Lightweight Dustin Poirier def Zach Micklewright TKO (punches) 1 0:53
Bantamweight Michael McDonald def Clint Godfrey Submission (armbar) 1 2:42
Featherweight Cub Swanson def Mackens Semerzier Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00 [a]
Featherweight Yves Jabouin def Brandon Visher Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ This bout aired on the live broadcast.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses.[14]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Cub Swanson vs. United States Mackens Semerzier
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Erik Koch
  • Submission of the Night: United States Urijah Faber

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the WEC and also do not include the WEC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[15]

  • Urijah Faber: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Takeya Mizugaki: $10,000
  • Chad Mendes: $17,000 ($8,500 win bonus) def. Javier Vazquez: $11,000
  • Erik Koch: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Francisco Rivera: $4,000
  • Joseph Benavidez: $35,000 ($17,500 win bonus) def. Wagnney Fabiano: $19,000
  • Demetrious Johnson: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Damacio Page: $9,000
  • Raphael Assunção: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus) def. LC Davis: $11,000
  • Anthony Njokuani: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus) def. Eddie Faaloloto: $3,500
  • Dustin Poirier: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Zach Micklewright: $3,000
  • Michael McDonald: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Clint Godfrey: $3,000
  • Cub Swanson: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus) def. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000
  • Yves Jabouin: $5,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Visher: $4,000

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