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Weigh-in blog: Urijah Faber makes 135 for first time

Faber, Takeya Mizugaki come in at 136 for main event bantamweight fight

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Urijah Faber flexes on the scale during the weigh in for WEC 52 Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Palms.

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Urijah Faber killed the suspense leading up to his first ever weigh-in as a WEC bantamweight by revealing he was on weight via his Twitter account.

But that didn't stop a slew of his fans from showing up to watch.

Both Faber (23-4) and his opponent, Takeya Mizugaki (13-4-2), came in at 136 pounds during Wednesday's official weigh-in for their main event fight Thursday at The Pearl at The Palms.

The fight will be Faber's debut at 135 pounds and his first since dropping a unanimous decision to current featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

"I'm ready," Faber said. "The cut was a little difficult at the end, but I feel great. I've got a great opponent. Mizugaki comes forward and he can take a beating."

All but one of the 22 fighters set to compete on Thursday's card came in on weight.

Lightweight Zach Micklewright missed the 156-pound limit by two pounds and was given an extra hour to shed the additional weight. He's scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier on the night's undercard.

In addition to Faber, the crowd inside The Palms gave warm welcomes to his Alpha Male teammates Joseph Benavidez and Chad Mendes.

The WEC event will serve as the second-to-last card in the company's history. After establishing a home for the best lighter-weight fighters in the world since 2006, the WEC is set to merge into the UFC at the start of 2011.

The first fight of the night is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The main portion of the card will air live on VERSUS.

Full Results:

Urijah Faber (136) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136)

Chad Mendes (145.5) vs. Javier Vazquez (146)

Erik Koch (146) vs. Francisco Rivera (146)

Joseph Benavidez (136) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (136)

Demetrious Johnson (135) vs. Damacio Page (136)

Raphael Assuncao (146) vs. L.C. Davis (146)

Edward Faaloloto (154) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)

Zack Micklewright (158) vs. Dustin Poirier (155)

Clint Godfrey (136) vs. Michael McDonald (135)

Mackens Semerzier (145) vs. Cub Swanson (145)

Yves Jabouin (145) vs. Brandon Visher (145)

Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at LVSunFighting

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