Urijah Faber dropped to 135 pounds for the first time in his WEC career at WEC 52. He would face former bantamweight title challenger Takeya Mizugaki in the main event of the show. As most predicted, it was a very successful lighter weight debut for Faber.
Early on Mizugaki attempted to work combinations but mostly came up hitting only air while Faber would potshot with single punches and get back out. Faber would continue to put pressure on Mizugaki against the cage where he worked a nice short punch and elbow game. After teasing a guillotine choke, he jumped onto Mizugaki's back and sunk in a body triangle to control Mizugaki's posturing.
In the advantageous position, Faber sunk in the rear naked choke and squeezed until Mizugaki went unconscious forcing the end of the fight.
Faber will now likely move into a title shot for Dominick Cruz's 135 pound title. Cruz will be fighting Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 to determine the first ever UFC bantamweight champion.