December 16, 1983 |
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||69.5 in (177 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Kanagawa, Japan|
|Team||Shooting Gym Hakkei
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|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Takeya Mizugaki (水垣偉弥 Mizugaki Takeya?) (born December 16, 1983) is a Japanese mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of January 17th 2015, he is #6 in official UFC Bantamweight rankings. A professional competitor since 2005, Mizugaki has also competed for the WEC, Shooto, and Cage Force.
Mixed martial arts career
Mizugaki began his mixed martial arts career competed in respected Japanese promotions Shooto and Cage Force. He was the Shooto Rookie of the Year in 2005 and winner of the Cage Force Bantamweight Tournament.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Mizugaki made his World Extreme Cagefighting debut on April 5, 2009 against Miguel Torres for the WEC Bantamweight Championship in which he lost by unanimous decision in the fifth round; he can lay claim as the first to push Torres all five rounds. He fought Jeff Curran on August 9, 2009 at WEC 42, he won by decision.
Mizugaki was expected to face Damacio Page on December 19, 2009 at WEC 45, but Page was forced off the card due to an injury. Mizugaki instead faced Scott Jorgensen and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Mizugaki was set to face former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, who was to be making his bantamweight debut, on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50. However, Faber was forced off the card with an injury. As a result, Mizugaki was also pulled from the event.
Mizugaki was defeated by Faber via first round submission November 11, 2010 at WEC 52. Mizugaki showed good take down defense but was hurt via punches toward the end of the first round, allowing Faber to take his back. After Faber was able to sink in a rear naked choke, Mizugaki refused to tap and as a result, was rendered unconscious.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mizugaki was expected to face Francisco Rivera on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann. However, Rivera had to withdraw from the bout due to injury, and was replaced by UFC newcomer Reuben Duran. Mizugaki defeated Duran via split decision.
Mizugaki faced Chris Cariaso on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144. Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via a controversial unanimous decision. Despite the loss on the scorecards, UFC president Dana White felt Mizugaki won the bout and stated in the post-fight press conference that he would be paid a win bonus.
Mizugaki was expected to face Jeff Hougland on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151. However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Mizugaki/Hougland was rescheduled and took place on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Mizugaki won the fight via unanimous decision.
Mizugaki faced Bryan Caraway on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. He won the fight via split decision, with two of the judges giving him the first and third rounds where he outstruck Caraway. This marked Mizugaki's first back-to-back wins since 2008.
Mizugaki was expected to face T.J. Dillashaw on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173. However, on March 27, the UFC announced that Dillashaw was moved up to the main event to face Bantamweight champion Renan Barão. Mizugaki instead faced Francisco Rivera. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Mizugaki faced Dominick Cruz on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. Mizugaki lost the fight via TKO in the first round after Cruz got a take-down and landed several punches against the cage, this marked the first time Mizugaki had been knocked out. 
Championships and Accomplishments
- Cage Force
- Cage Force Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- 2005 Shooto Bantamweight Rookie Tournament Winner
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Fight of the Night (Two times)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||20 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||20–8–2||Dominick Cruz||KO (punches)||UFC 178||September 27, 2014||1||1:01||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–7–2||Francisco Rivera||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–7–2||Nam Phan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot||December 7, 2013||3||5:00||Brisbane, Australia|
|Win||18–7–2||Érik Pérez||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||17–7–2||Bryan Caraway||Decision (split)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||March 3, 2013||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||16–7–2||Jeff Hougland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||5:00||Macau, SAR, China|
|Loss||15–7–2||Chris Cariaso||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||15–6–2||Cole Escovedo||TKO (punches)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011||2||4:30||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||14–6–2||Brian Bowles||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–5–2||Reuben Duran||Decision (split)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||13–5–2||Urijah Faber||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 52||November 11, 2010||1||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–4–2||Rani Yahya||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||12–4–2||Scott Jorgensen||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 45||December 19, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||12–3–2||Jeff Curran||Decision (split)||WEC 42||August 9, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–3–2||Miguel Torres||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 40||April 5, 2009||5||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||For WEC Bantamweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||11–2–2||Masahiro Oishi||TKO (punches)||GCM: Cage Force 9||December 6, 2008||2||0:57||Tokyo, Japan||Won Cage Force Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||10–2–2||Daisuke Endo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GCM: Cage Force 8||September 27, 2008||1||4:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–2–2||Daichi Fujiwara||KO (punch)||GCM: Cage Force 7||June 22, 2008||1||2:38||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–2–2||Seiji Ozuka||Decision (unanimous)||GCM: Cage Force 5||December 1, 2007||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–2–2||Kentaro Imaizumi||Decision (unanimous)||GCM: Cage Force 4||September 8, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||6–2–2||Masakatsu Ueda||Draw||Shooto: Back To Our Roots 4||July 15, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||6–2–1||Atsushi Yamamoto||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Back To Our Roots 1||February 17, 2007||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||6–1–1||Kenji Osawa||TKO (punches and knees)||Shooto: 11/10 in Korakuen Hall||November 10, 2006||2||0:59||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||6–0–1||Ryota Matsune||Draw||Shooto 2006: 7/21 in Korakuen Hall||July 21, 2006||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Takamaro Watari||TKO (punches)||Shooto: The Devilock||May 12, 2006||1||3:49||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Tetsu Suzuki||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 12/17 in Shinjuku Face||December 17, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Teriyuki Matsumoto||KO (punch)||Shooto 2005: 11/6 in Korakuen Hall||November 6, 2005||1||0:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Shin Kato||Decision (majority)||Shooto: 9/23 in Korakuen Hall||September 23, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Naoki Yahagi||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 6/3 in Kitazawa Town Hall||June 3, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Satoshi Yamashita||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 2/6 in Kitazawa Town Hall||February 6, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
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- "Damacio Page won't be part of the WEC 45 card". www.mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki added to "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff"". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- "Bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Rani Yahya meet at WEC 48 in April". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "FABER MOVES TO 135LBS, FACES MIZUGAKI AUGUST 18". mmaweekly.com. 2010-06-08.
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- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Takeya Mizugaki Faces Francisco Rivera at UFC on Versus 3 March 3". MMAweekly.com. 2010-12-17.
- "Newcomer Reuben Duran signs on to face Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. February 15, 2011.
- "Brian Bowles Meets Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 132 in July". mmaweekly.com. April 18, 2011.
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- "Takeya Mizugaki Meets Chris Cariaso at UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. 2011-11-21.
- "Takeya Mizugaki Didn’t Get the W, but He Did Get His Win Bonus at UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. 2012-02-26.
- "Despite controversial loss, UFC 144's Takeya Mizugaki awarded his win bonus". mmajunkie.com. February 26, 2012.
- "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland set for UFC 151". mmajunkie.com. June 18, 2012.
- "Mizugaki-Hougland move from UFC 151 to UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau". mmajunkie.com. August 24, 2012.
- "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Carawy Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com. 13 December 2012.
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