Former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah “The California Kid” Faber was set to make his bantamweight debut earlier this week at WEC 50 against Takeya Mizugaki. Faber was forced out of the bout due to an injury but was recently cleared for competition after a visit to the doctor with WEC General Manager Reed Harris. According to Harris, who recently spoke with MMAJunkie.com, Faber is chomping at the bit to get back in the cage and will likely appear opposite Mizugaki this November at WEC 52.
“He just wants to get back in there so bad,” Harris said of Faber.
Harris told MMAJunkie that Faber could possibly have appeared on the WEC’s next show late this September but that the card had already been set for that show. Harris also revealed that Faber will likely square off against his originally scheduled opponent, Takeya mizugaki.
“He was good for September probably,” Harris said. “But we had our card set already in Denver, so he’s going to fight in November. And I think he’s going to fight Takeya Mizugaki.”
Apparently Mizugaki, who is 2-2 in his last four fights, is just as eager to face Faber as “The California Kid” is to see a return to action.
“Mizugaki’s been funny,” said Harris. “He’s like, ‘I’ll wait for the guy. I’ll wait for him. I don’t care.’ He wants that fight.”
Mizugaki and Faber have both been back and forth in recent fights as Faber is 2-3 in his last five. Mizugaki staggered losses against Miguel Torres and Scott Jorgensen with wins over Jeff Curren and, most recently, Rani Yahya. Faber lost his belt to Mike Brown, earned a rematch by defeating Jens Pulver and then lost to Brown again. Faber would again challenge for his old title after defeating Raphael Assuncao but this time he would take on Brazilian phenom Jose Aldo; Aldo would batter Faber for five rounds en route to a unanimous decision win.
WEC 52 is expected to take place at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California sometime this November. The card has not yet been officially announced by the WEC.