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WEC’s August 18 Card Will Feature Urijah Faber’s Bantamweight Debut, Cruz/Benavidez Title Rematch

(Cruz and Benavidez’s first meeting last August: Dominick may have gotten the nod for Octagon control, but Joe definitely had the mad-dogging advantage. Photo courtesy of SI)

Next Sunday’s WEC 49 might be low on marquee fights, but the organization will be making up for it in a big way at their August 18th show, which is slated to go down in Las Vegas. As reported yesterday, former featherweight champ Urijah Faber will make his bantamweight debut at the event, following a 2-3 stretch in his last five fights — including an agonizing loss to Jose Aldo in his last title challenge. Faber’s opponent is expected to be Takeya Mizugaki (12-4-2, 2-2 WEC), who made his WEC debut in a memorable five-round war against Miguel Torres last year, and has since picked up decision victories against Jeff Curran and Rani Yahya. Faber has stated in the past that he cuts very little weight to make 145 pounds, and a drop to 135 wouldn’t be a problem for him.

Headlining the card will be an even more important bantamweight scrap: Dominick Cruz‘s first title defense against Faber’s teammate Joseph Benavidez, who Cruz previously outpointed at WEC 42. Cruz became champion in March thanks to a brilliant striking performance against then-champion Brian Bowles. Benavidez earned his title shot by choking out Miguel Torres at the same event, and hopes to avenge the only loss on his record. The 8/18 show — which we’ll refer to as WEC 50 until further notice — will be broadcast on Versus.

Semi-related: The day before he handles color-commentary duties for WEC 49, Kenny Florian will be working the booth for the TUF 11 Finale.

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Get Off Me- June 9, 2010 at 10:22 am
looks a little like Spock in the face.
justscrappin- June 9, 2010 at 9:46 am
He definitely looks like he will tear an o-ring..or possibly pink sock himself.
BONGTAR- June 9, 2010 at 9:14 am
he's prarie dogging it. turtling a turd. ready to unleash hell and fury on an unworhty shit dumpster.

semi related: i gotta take a shit too.
nicey- June 9, 2010 at 7:50 am
or a gigantic Sean Connery, aka Launching the Brown October.*

*also known as the Sylvia Shitstain Attack of the Fecal Fatman
ReX13- June 9, 2010 at 7:30 am
Benavidez looks like he's getting ready to unleash some caps lock in that pic.