Urijah Faber makes a statement with a brutal Rear Naked Choke victory over Takeya Mizugaki

Former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber proved critics wrong, with an impressive Submission (RNC) victory over the top-ranked Bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki, fighting at the main event of WEC 52 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Actually, it was Takeya Mizugaki who had a good start, connecting with a few kicks and punches. But Urijah Faber quickly found his range, circling around Mizugaki and answering with strikes of his own. The deciding point in the fight was The California Kid decided to take the action to the ground, quickly taking the back of the Japanese veteran.

Mizugaki tried to defend it, but Faber’s body triangle helped the former Champ to control his opponent, and get a very tight Rear Naked Choke locked in. Faber did not release his hold for a few long seconds, until Rosenthal finally stepped in to set the out cold Takeya Mizugaki free. A very controversial moment, and surely not one of the best in Josh Rosenthal’s refereeing career.

Finally, Faber bounces back from defeat against Jose Aldo, and surely makes a statement as one of the contenders in Bantamweight division. Fans would love to see a fight against Miguel Torres, but the former 135 King is set to face Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126. This way or another, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of opponent Reed Harris finds for the reinvigorated Urijah Faber.


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    November 12, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Faber vs Torres/Bowles for #1 contender UFC 126!

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    November 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

    It would sure be nice to see the video first

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    November 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Why didn’t he release the rear naked choke..WTF, is Faber crazy.. He could have killed the little guy… Faber vs Torres will be an awesome fight…

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    David Saucier

    November 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Faber released when the ref stopped the fight, it was the ref that was out of position, and was tenetive to stop the fight for fear of making a mistake of stopping the fight to early. Faber did nonthing wrong u go till the ref tells u to stop. I was scared for Mizugaki cause he rolled towards the fence when he went out. and it took the ref prob 10 seconds to get in position and determine that he was out. The dead zombie look on Mizugaki face is something that sticks with u.

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    November 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    lol decide to actually watch the fight and take out the part about Mizugaki tapping?

    Nobody was really at fault. It was just an extremely rare situation. Rosenthal is getting crap but it was an awkward spot. People just like to bitch.

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    Anton Gurevich

    November 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    First of all, I would suggest you to filter yourself. Second, it looked to me like Okami tapped. I watched it again and seen he didn’t. End of discussion.

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    November 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    We appreciate your input Anton, I meant nothing derrogatory in my post

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    November 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Hopefully its Torres because I would like to see Benavidez vs Bowles

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    November 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Hope the “Okami” part is a joke. I’m sure it is in the hopes of getting a reaction.

    Just looks like sloppy writing though when you say he tapped when he obviously didn’t.

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    November 13, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I picked it sub rnd 1! Faber in my opinion will work his way to the belt.

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    November 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Faber should’ve told the ref that Mizugaki went limp.

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    November 14, 2010 at 1:06 am

    nothing wrong on fabers part, trying to pressure a ref into stopping a fight is unprofessional.

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    November 14, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I’ve changed my mind on this.

    Iwas blaming Faber for not releasing when he knew Mizugaki was out.. But if Faber let him go and he popped back up Faber would have looked like an idiot…

    No way the ref could stop until he was sure Mizugaki was out. If he did and Mizugaki was not out, everyone would be screaming.

    No win situationand very unfortunate becasue we easily could have lost a good fighter in Mizugaki.

    That lifeless body laying on Faber is sick…

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