A bout between Faber and Raphael Assuncao has been verbally agreed to, and will take place at WEC 46 on January 11 according to a recent report on MMAWeekly.com.
Faber has not seen competition since losing his bid to regain the 145 title against current champion Mike Brown at WEC 41 where “The California Kid” fractured his right hand in the bout, causing him to sit on the sidelines for the last few months. The 22-3 Team Alpha Male standout, will be looking to make a statement to earn another shot at the belt.
Assuncaoo is coming off of a split decision victory over Yves Jabouin at WEC 43. He holds an overall record of 14-1, and is currently 2-0 since joining the WEC. Both his victories in the organization have come by the judge’s cards.
WEC 46 is scheduled to return to the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California, and could possibly be headlined by Faber’s return. Other rumors swirling are that a lightweight title unification bout between Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson could also headline the event.