This Thursday, November 11th, the WEC makes its last journey to Las Vegas for its final event ever to be held at The Peal inside The Palms Hotel. This card has had its share of injuries and fighters being shuffled around but with just a few days left the Fight Card finalized.

The card is headlined by “The California Kid” Urijah Faber making his bantamweight debut against a very tough Takeya Mizugaki. Lets breakdown the main card fights that will be shown live on Versus starting at 6pm PT.

The first fight of the broadcast brings together Damacio “The Angel of Death” Page (12-4) and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (7-1) in the Bantamweight Division. Page’s only loss in the WEC came at the hands of Brian Bowles over two years ago and has since put together a nice two-fight win streak, with both wins coming in the first round. Since coming to the WEC earlier in the year, Mighty Mouse has gone 1-1; both fights going to decision. With twenty-four fights between them and only four going to decision, this fight could end at any time so you won’t want to blink.

The next fight on the card features former Number One Contender Joseph “The Beefcake” Benavidez (12-2) as he takes on Wagnney “The Silencer” Fabiano (14-2). In his last fight, Benavidez lost his second decision to Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and needs to get back on the winning path if he wants to make another run at the title in 2011. After losing for the first time, Fabiano made the drop to Bantamweight and had since picked up two decision wins. A third win here against an opponent like Benavidez could really boost him up the ranks in the division and closer to a title shot.

Up next is a Featherweight bout between Erik “New Breed” Koch (10-1) and WEC Newcomer Francisco Rivera (5-0). Koch was originally scheduled to fight Josh Grispi, but following the UFC/WEC merger Grispi was pulled from the fight and scheduled to face Champion Jose Aldo in January.  Koch has gone 2-1 since signing with the WEC, with his only career loss coming at the hands of Chad Mendes. Three of Rivera’s five victories have come by first round knockout, and the other two are decisions. Koch holds seven submission wins and will look to test Rivera’s submission defense and give him his first career loss.

The co-main event of the evening is a Featherweight bout between undefeated Chad “Money” Mendes (8-0) and Javier “Showtime” Vazquez (14-4). Since coming to the WEC, Mendes has dominated his three opponents, earning two Unanimous Decisions and one submission victory. Vazquez, however, started out his WEC career at 0-2, dropping two split decisions. Since then, he has submitted his last two opponents; one of them being MMA Legend Jens Pulver.  The winner of this fight will move one more step forward towards the Featherweight Championship.

The main event, and the last WEC fight that will ever take place at this venue is a Bantamweight showdown between “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (23-4) and Takeya Mizugaki (13-4-2). This fight is three months overdue. Originally scheduled for WEC 50, Faber had to pull out due to an injury and the fight was rescheduled.  Not only is this Faber’s first fight back after being picked apart by Jose Aldo, it is also his debut at Bantamweight. After ruling the Featherweight division for so long, he was finally knocked off and decided to take a shot at the Bantamweights. Faber will have his hands full with Mizugaki, whose only two losses in the WEC came at the hands of former champion Miguel Torres and Number One Contender Scotty Jorgensen. The majority of Faber’s wins have come by way of submission, and that is the only way Mizugaki has never been beaten.

This card is shaped up to be full of great, entertaining fights. It will go down in history as the final WEC event held inside The Pearl at The Palms and what better way to leave than with Urijah Faber, who was the poster boy of the company for many years.

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