That's a shame. Was looking forward to this fight a lot. Would have been good to get a look at Urijah in his first fight after dropping down in weight. Mizugaki's always good to watch too, his fight with Miguel Torres was a war. I hope they manage to get this rescheduled for September, instead of replacing Faber with another fighter.Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber has withdrawn from a bout with Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 50 “Cruz vs. Benavidez” on Aug. 18 at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Faber, 31, who was to make his bantamweight debut, suffered a knee injury earlier this week in training and will be out of action most likely until September, said Mike Roberts, Faber’s MMA Inc. agent. Roberts said Faber’s injury will not require surgery.
It is not clear if Mizugaki will remain on the card against a new challenger.
The 26-year-old Japanese import waged one of the more notable bouts of 2009 against former champion Miguel Torres at WEC 40. In April, Mizugaki earned a unanimous decision over Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rani Yahya at UFC 48 “Aldo vs. Faber” in Sacramento, Calif.
Also on the card, WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will defend his title against Joseph Benavidez. Team Alpha Male’s Benavidez shot into his title contendership with a commanding performance over former 135-poumd kingpin Miguel Torres at WEC 47. Benavidez also trains with Faber.
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