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Chad Mendes Signs His First UFC Contract

Written on February 10, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Chad Mendes is now under the UFC umbrella.

The featherweight contender Chad Mendes (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is now under the biggest MMA promotional organization: UFC.

After his decision win over Japanese fighter Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC) this past UFC 126 event, Mendes signed his debut contract to UFC.

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Chad Mendes Enjoys Beating Javier Vasquez

Written on November 14, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"I trained hard. I knew I was going to go in there and kick his butt. I basically just laughed [Vazquez's talk] off. When I was back home training, I used it as motivation to push myself through each workout. I went in there and did what I had to do, and I came out victorious." ---Chad Mendes

For WEC bantamweight prospect Chad Mendes (9-0 MMA, 4-0 WEC), his WEC 52 fight with veteran Javier Vazquez (15-5 MMA, 2-3 WEC) is another learning experience. After criticisms from Vasquez, Mendes stepped into the cage grateful and relaxed. He simply executed the game plan whereas the anger was replaced by happiness.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” Mendes said of his win. “The guy was talking crap. I’ve never had an opponent do that until now.”

“It was pretty disrespectful sending stuff up to my room all week – a jar of baby food with a spoon, stuffed animals and toys. There were notes with each one saying stupid stuff on them. Basically, I just didn’t let it get to me.”

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Faber Chokes Mizugaki Out

Written on November 12, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The biggest star in the history of WEC fought for the promotion for the final time at WEC 52, and it went just as planned. Urijah Faber choked out Takeya Mizugaki with just seconds remaining in the first round.

Urijah Faber’s plans for his last fight for WEC went as it should be, after defeating the Japanese favorite — Takeya Mizugaki. Mizugaki was holding his own early in the first round, but Faber proved how well-rounded of a fighter he is. It was only a matter of time when he took on the Japanese’s back, and attempted a rear-naked choke. Faber started the choke from a standing position, and re-positioned it after they fell on the mat. He continued to squeezed tightly until Mizugaki was left unconscious.

For a moment, there was a scary scene with a blocked out Takeya Mizugaki on the floor. But he quickly came to, and appeared to be okay. This is Urijah Faber’s first victory in the bantamweight division. He will move in the UFC most likely as a number one contender. Indeed, Faber’s star is on the rise, and soon to shine even brighter.

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WEC 52 Quick Results

Written on November 12, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The penultimate WEC event is done, and the results are already scribbled on the history of Mixed Martial Arts. Who among your favorite fighters took home the bacon, and who went out the cage empty-handed?

The WEC 52 has come to its end and the results are in. Urijah Faber makes his bantamweight debut against Takeya Mizugaki, while Chad Mendes takes on Javier Vazquez. Also in the WEC 52 main event, Joseph Benavidez meets Wagnney Fabiano. Who among your favorite fighter stands proudly on his feet? And who went home defeated?

Fighting Insider has the WEC 52 results posted after the jump.

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The Official WEC 52 Weigh-In Results

Written on November 11, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The official results for the WEC 52 weigh-ins are in hand. WEC 52 will take place this Thursday at The Pearl at the Palms, Las Vegas.

Finally, the official WEC 52 fighters’ weigh-in results is released. The weigh-in even took place at the Key West Ballroom at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas today.

The event headliners Urijah Faber and Takeya Mizugaki both weighed 136 pounds for their bantamweight main-event fight.

The preliminary-card fighter Zack Micklewright came in at 158 pounds for his lightweight bout. He was given an additional hour to make the 156-pound limit. After the hour given, he got the 156-weight limit and his fight with Dustin Poirier is good to go.

The Pearl at the Palms will host the WEC 52 fight night. See the complete results after the skip.

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Urijah Faber Last Training for WEC 52

Written on November 10, 2010 by Zac Efren

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Urijah Faber completes his final preparations for WEC 52 as shown in the video below.

Before WEC 52 takes place, Urijah Faber went to his final and rigorous training with his striking coach Thonglor Armatsena. The training was opened for the media people to see. It was held in last Vegas.

WEC 52 is where Faber will debut on the bantamweight division. He will face Takeya Mizugaki inside the octagon on Thursday.

The official weigh-in for the bout will happen on Wednesday. Keep on checking Fighting Insider for the latest information about WEC 52.

Check out the video after the skip.

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Two New Bouts on WEC 52

Written on November 04, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Following the UFC-WEC merger announcement, the line up for WEC 52 was all shaken up. Luckily, new bouts were added and the November 11 event is now full steam ahead.

World Extreme Cagefighting has added two new bouts for its November 11 card after the UFC-WEC merger announcements. WEC 52 will take place at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Theater in Las Vegas. The event will feature a co-main event pitting Chad Mendes and Javier Vasquez, in addition to a featherweight clash between Erik Koch and Francisco Rivera.
The WEC 52 will be headlined by Urijah Faber’s bantamweight debut versus Takeya Mizugaki.

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Benavidez Replaces Bowles for WEC 52

Written on October 12, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Due to foot injury, Brian Bowles is out in the WEC 52 card. But hold down your horses because Joseph Benavidez is in to take Bowles' boots. Cross out the Bowles vs Fabiano on your calendar, because it's now Benavidez vs Fabiano for November 11.

The WEC announced last Monday that Joseph Benavidez will step in for Brian Bowles to face Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 52. Bowles was forced to withdraw, due to a broken foot that he acquired in training last week.

The former WEC Bantamweight title contender, Joseph Benavidez, is coming from a split decision loss to Dominick Cruz at WEC 50. Benavidez has ten finishes among his 12 professional fights. Victories over Miguel Torres, Rani Yahya, Jeff Curan and Danny Martinez anchors his resume. Wagnney Fabiano, meanwhile, is currently 2-0 at 135-pounds. Among his 14 victories, Fabiano got two knockouts and seven submissions. Notable wins over Bao Quach, John Gunderson, L.C. Davis, Akitoshi Tamura and Fredson Paixao is included in his record.

The WEC 52 is scheduled for November 11 in Las Vegas.

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Raphael Assuncao vs LC Davis for WEC 52

Written on October 05, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Finally, we have the wild fight card for the WEC 52 that will take place November. We have a Raphael Assuncao VS LC Davis fight to watch out for.

A featherweight match between Raphael Assuncao (14-3 MMA, 2-2 WEC) and L.C. Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-1 WEC) is now official for next month’s WEC 52 event. The fight card is set for the Nov.11 event at the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The night’s main card will be aired on versus though there are speculations that Assuncao vs Davis is expected to be part of the night’s preliminary card that will not be aired.

Davis recently had a three-fight WEC win from a technical submission loss to Josh Grispi at WEC 49. Prior to that, he posted a string of decision victories over Javier Vazquez, Diego Nunes and Deividas Taurosevicius under the WEC banner.

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WEC 52 Adds Five More Fights

Written on September 28, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The Faber vs Mizugaki showdown is getting better and better as five more bouts were added to the WEC 52 lineup. Check on the additional match-ups in the article below.

WEC 52: Faber vs Mizugaki officially added five more fights last Monday. A featherweight tilt between Chad Mendes and Javier Vazquez, plus a bantamweight bout pitting Eddie Wineland versus Damacio Page will round-up the main card.

Chad “Money” Mendes is undefeated in eight outings, wherein half of it are coming by either knockout or submission. Money’s strong take-downs have provided him victories over Erik Koch, Anthony Morrison and Cub Swanson. Javier “Showtime” Vazquez, on the other hand, is coming from a back-to-back wins in WEC. Showtime has a five winning streak before loosing his first two fights in WEC via split decision. And for the record, the Cuban native has earned ten of his 15 wins by submission.

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