November's Key Fights
Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
After failing to win back the title of the featherweight division that he once dominated, Urijah Faber made the decision to try out his hand in the lighter bantamweight division. His debut came against well-established contender Takeya Mizugaki.
Faber controlled the fight throughout, finding even more of an advantage once the two clinched up.. As the first round neared it's conclusion, Faber sunk in a tight rear-naked choke that sent Mizugaki off to count sheep, as well as putting himself in a great position at 135 pounds.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano
The highly-explosive Joseph Benavidez needed a big win to keep his name atop the bantamweight rankings, and he did so with his usual, high-energy style. Controlling the fight in all aspects, Benavidez eventually sunk in the signature Alpha Male guillotine and tapped the third-degree black belt out in the second round.
Although Benavidez's small frame would be better suited for a flyweight division, he will just have to continue cranking out exciting bantamweight bouts until the 125-pound weight class finds it's way into the UFC.
Damacio Page vs. Demetrious Johnson
After throwing around the smaller Demetrious Johnson with ease throughout the first round, Damacio Page eventually withered under the continuous pace set by his opponent. As Page continued to suck more and more wind, Johnson eventually sunk in a guillotine choke late in the third round.
Similar to Joseph Benavidez, the small frame of Johnson would be better suited for UFC's non-existent flyweight division. In the mean time, Johnson will just have to use his speed and agility to out-work the bigger fighters.
December's Key Fights
Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgensen (Championship Bout)
Scott Jorgensen finally gets his chance to fight for the title that has been eluding him for some time. In his first ever championship fight, Jorgensen will look to use his strength advantage with his mixed bag of tricks to overwhelm Dominick Cruz wherever the fight takes place.
Making his second title defense, Cruz will need to be on his toes with his elusive footwork against Jorgensen. Sticking with his bread and butter, Cruz will likely bring in his usual plan of quick combinations out of his awkward angles to frustrate the challenger.
Brad Pickett vs. Ivan Menjivar
British striker Brad Pickett was on a nine-fight win streak before running into current No. 1 contender Scott Jorgensen. Pickett looks to get back on the winning track with his crisp striking against the grizzled veteran Ivan Menjivar.
A nine-year journeyman, Menjivar's experience against some big-named opponents is more than enough to help him through his WEC debut. After taking four years away from the sport, a win over Pickett would do wonders in revitalizing Menjivar's career.
Eddie Wineland vs. Ken Stone
The former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland will get the first crack at American Top Team prospect, Ken Stone. Wineland needs to make short work of the newcomer if he wants to take the next step in reclaiming what was once his.
Stone has the explosive, all-around style to give the former champ troubles in his WEC debut. If Stone can stay composed with the right game-plan, he could make an immediate impact and find himself in the mix of potential contenders.
Noteworthy- Demetrious Johnson (8-1) & Antonio Banuelos (19-6)
10- Wagnney Fabiano (14-3)
9- Eddie Wineland (17-6-1)
8- Charlie Valencia (12-6)
7- Takeya Mizugaki (13-5-3)
6- Brad Pickett (19-5)
5- Urijah Faber (24-4)
4- Miguel Torres (37-3)
3- Brian Bowles (8-1)
2- Joseph Benavidez (13-2)
1- Scott Jorgensen (11-3)
Champion- Dominick Cruz (16-1)