9 Fights Signed for WEC 52

By Brian Knapp Oct 4, 2010
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweights Raphael Assuncao and L.C. Davis (left) will lock horns in a pivotal preliminary matchup at WEC 52 “Faber vs. Mizugaki” on Nov. 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Nine fights are now official for the event, which will air live on the Versus network.

Anchored at Ascension Mixed Martial Arts in Atlanta, Assuncao finds himself in desperate need of a victory, having dropped back-to-back bouts for the first time in his career. The 28-year-old last appeared at WEC 49 in June, when he lost a split decision to the world-ranked Diego Nunes at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Assuncao counts wins over American Top Team’s Jorge Masvidal, Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Nick Mamalis and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 semi-finalist Joe Lauzon among his 15 career conquests. He has been finished only once in 18 professional appearances.

Davis has rattled off three wins in four fights. The 29-year-old Pat Miletich protégé was on the cusp of title contention at 145 pounds before being choked unconscious by Josh Grispi at WEC 49 four months ago. Davis, out of Kansas City, Mo., owns notable victories against Nunes, Strikeforce veteran Conor Heun and American Top Team’s Rafael Dias. He has secured more than half (11) of his 16 wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

A bantamweight showdown pairing former featherweight champion Urijah Faber with Japanese standout Takeya Mizugaki will headline WEC 52, along with a key featherweight duel pitting Grispi against Erik Koch. Meanwhile, one-time bantamweight king Brian Bowles will return to the cage in a featured 135-pound tilt against former International Fight League champion Wagnney Fabiano.

WEC 52 “Faber vs. Mizugaki”
Thursday, Nov. 11
Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas

Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch
Brian Bowles vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
Damacio Page vs. Eddie Wineland
L.C. Davis vs. Raphael Assuncao
Zachary Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
Michael McDonald vs. Clint Godfrey
Cub Swanson vs. Mackens Semerzier
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