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WEC 52 post-fight notes: Bonuses, baby food and cutting weight

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-- The WEC gave out $10,000 bonuses. Fight of the Night went to Mackens Semerzier and Cub Swanson (pictured above), Submission of the Night to Urijah Faber and Erik Koch will take the Knockout of the Night bonus back to Milwaukee.

-- Chad Mendes said that Javier Vazquez's mind games went beyond trash talk. Vazquez sent baby food, stuffed animals and toys to his hotel room in Las Vegas, but Mendes enjoyed every minute of it.

-- In his first bout at bantamweight, Faber said the weight cut was easier than he expected, but a clean diet helped him hit 135 lbs. He said cutting down was fun, which is not something that many fighters will call weight-cutting. He came into the fight around 149.5 lbs.

-- Faber also said that he had no idea that Takeya Mizugaki was choked out. Because of the position he was in, he didn't know and couldn't see that his opponent was unconscious. WEC GM Reed Harris pointed out that Faber went above and beyond in sportsmanship after the fight was stopped by staying prone underneath Mizugaki so that medical staff could tend to him.

-- Though Faber is old friends with Scott Jorgensen, he said that he wouldn't be against fighting Jorgensen for a belt, should Jorgensen win at WEC 53. He said he would rather fight Dominick Cruz, but is rooting for Jorgensen to win that title bout.

-- "I think flyweight is a necessity for me. I have to eat a lot and work hard to get to this weight," Demetrious Johnson said. Though he has done well at 135, Johnson's size would be better suited to flyweight (125 lbs.) He said he'll fight wherever he is asked to, but he would like flyweight better.

-- Wins from Faber, Mendes and Joseph Benavidez meant that Team Alpha Male had a clean sweep at 52. Faber called the evening a "proud papa moment," as he helped both Benavidez and Mendes get into MMA.

-- When asked about future career plans, Mendes said that he wants to have his own hunting, fishing and outdoors show. Since the fights aired on Versus, the home of many such programming, Mendes will get his wish.

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