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Joseph Benavidez Subs In For Brian Bowles At WEC 52

Yesterday, MMAJunkie reported that the former bantamweight champion Brian Bowles was forced to withdraw from his WEC 52 bout against Wagnney Fabiano with an undisclosed injury.

Thursday afternoon, Versus confirmed Joseph Benavidez will replace him on the card.

Benavidez is fresh off a disappointing performance against reigning 135-pound king Dominick Cruz in August. The champion used his superior quickness and footwork to eke out a split decision win. Benavidez holds an impressive 12-2 record, however has split his last four contests. Both losses come at the hands of Cruz.

Fabiano is a prefect 2-0 since moving down to the bantamweight division. The Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt opted to drop a few pounds after his amigo Jose Aldo decided to become the planet’s nastiest featherweight.

The event takes place inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada