Benavidez-Fabiano Official for WEC 52


Joseph Benavidez file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com

Former WEC bantamweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez will step in for an injured Brian Bowles to face Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 52, which is scheduled for Nov. 11 in Las Vegas.

The WEC announced Benavidez as Fabiano's new opponent Monday on its Web site. Sherdog.com first reported Benavidez as a possible replacement last week.

Bowles -- a former WEC 135-pound champ who lost his title to Dominick Cruz in March -- was forced to bow out of the bout due to a broken foot suffered in training last week.

Benavidez is coming off a split-decision loss to Cruz at WEC 50 in August and the Team Alpha Male product has 10 finishes (three knockouts, seven submissions) among his 12 professional mixed martial arts wins. Both of Benavidez's career losses came at the hands of Cruz and he holds victories over former WEC champion Miguel Torres, Rani Yahya, Jeff Curran and Danny Martinez.

A featherweight champ during his time with the IFL, Fabiano -- a member of Team Nova Uniao -- moved down to bantamweight earlier this year and is currently 2-0 at 135 pounds. Fabiano is 4-1 during his time in the WEC and has nine finishes (two knockouts, seven submissions) among his 14 victories. His resume includes wins over such notable names as Bao Quach, John Gunderson, L.C. Davis, Akitoshi Tamura and Fredson Paixao.

WEC 52 features a main event between former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber and Takeya Mizugaki in Faber's first bout at 135 pounds. Also, Josh Grispi could get one step closer to a shot at 145-pound king Jose Aldo if he can get past Erik Koch in a featured bout.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC 187 continues to come together, and what a card it is. On Wednesday it was announced that Jon Jones would defend the light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson at the top of the card, with a read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

Whatever plans you have for Memorial Day Weekend, go ahead and cancel them. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing combat sports fans one of its best fight cards in recent years (see it her read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 10 views

Former No. 1-ranked Welterweight title challenger, Thiago Alves, had competed just once since March 2012 before he entered the Octagon tonight (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015) to kickoff UFC 183's pay-per-view read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Benson Henderson will step in on short notice and add 15 pounds for the main event at UFC Fight Night in Colorado, officials announced late Friday night. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 14 views

Vitor Belfort was set to face Chris Weidman at UFC 184 on February 28th for the UFC middleweight title, but as it was reported Friday, that main event is off as Weidman has suffered an injury in trai read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 16 views

Though one-time middleweight title challenger Thales Leites defeated Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch at UFC 183, the Nova Uniao staple's face told the real story. Leites won his second straight Performan read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Brazilian bantamweight Raphael Assuncao will be unable to compete against Urijah Faber next month, according to a Monday report from Combate. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Former UFC title challenger Frank Trigg delves into the class action lawsuit filed against the UFC and where he stands on the matter. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

The hits just keep on coming for UFC 184. Yancy Medeiros is injured and had to pull out of his fight with Tony Ferguson on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, the UFC announced Tuesday. Filling in will be vetera read news >>