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WEC 50: Urijah Faber to make bantamweight debut against Takeya Mizugaki on Aug. 18 in Las Vegas


The upcoming WEC 50 event is already shaping up to be another star-studded show as the promotion is currently assembling a main card fight that includes Urijah Faber (23-4) in his bantamweight debut against the venerable Takeya Mizugaki on Aug. 18 from "The Pearl" at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MMA Weekly brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.

Faber was recently pushed out of the 145-pound weight class by reigning division champion Jose Aldo. Aside from a Jens Pulver submission win, "The California Kid" dropped consecutive fights to his temporary successor Mike Brown, first at WEC 36 and then again at WEC 41.

His frame may be better served at 135-pounds, but don't expect any liberties from Mizugaki.

The rugged Japanese brawler made a name for himself in his promotion debut, giving then-champion Miguel Torres all he could handle for five rounds in the main event of WEC 40 back in April 2009.

Since that loss, Mizugaki has gone 2-1 for the promotion, defeating Jeff Curran (WEC 42) and Rani Yahya (WEC 48) but losing on points to Scott Jorgensen at WEC 45. A convincing win over a "name" like Faber could possibly get him right back into contention.

WEC 50 is expected to be headlined by current 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz taking on fellow bantamweight all-star Joseph Benavidez.

Stay tuned to for future updates on this still-developing fight card.

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