Urijah Faber makes a statement with a brutal Rear Naked Choke victory over Takeya MizugakiPosted on November 11, 2010, 10:56 PM by Anton Gurevich
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.