WEC 52: "Faber vs. Mizugaki" from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada is officially in the books, which means that a couple of fighters who busted their asses inside the cage are getting rewarded for it.
The promotion is cutting checks for $10,000 to each fight bonus recipient -- the same as WEC 50 and WEC 51 -- but a far cry from the 65K doled out after the "Aldo vs. Faber" (A.K.A. WEC 48) pay-per-view back in April.
In addition to their base salaries, the WEC awarded featherweight brawlers Cub Swanson and Mackens Semerzier "Fight of the Night" for their thrilling, back-and-forth war of attrition that Swanson took via split decision.
The "New Breed" Erik Koch earned himself "Knockout of the Night" by landing a vicious head kick before following up with punches sending Francisco Rivera on a weekend cruise with Rip Van Winkle.
Finally, in what should come as no surprise, Urijah Faber took home his "Submission of the Night" bonus by putting Takeya Mizugaki's lights out. The "California Kid" used a quick scramble to take his opponent's back and just a short time later a rear naked choke put the former bantamweight title challenger down for a quick nap.
A resounding success for Faber in his 135-pound debut.
Here are the special fight bonuses for WEC 52:
Fight of the Night -- Cub Swanson vs. Mackens Semerzier
Knockout of the Night -- Erik Koch
Submission of the Night -- Urijah Faber
Again, each fighter received $10,000 extra for their performances in addition to their respective base salaries, which we will pass along as soon as they're made available.
For complete WEC 52 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.