Takeya Mizugaki

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Takeya Mizugaki
Born (1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 31)
Kanagawa,[1] Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 69.5 in (177 cm)
Style Boxing[2]
Fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan
Team Shooting Gym Hakkei
Haleo Top Team[3]
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 20
By knockout 5
By submission 1
By decision 14
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 5
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 11, 2011

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 October 27, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC Bantamweight rankings.[4] A professional competitor since 2005, Mizugaki has also competed for the WEC, Shooto, and Cage Force.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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[edit]

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,[5] but Page was forced off the card due to an injury.[6] Mizugaki instead faced Scott Jorgensen[7] and lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mizugaki faced Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rani Yahya on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).

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.[9] However, Faber was forced off the card with an injury. As a result, Mizugaki was also pulled from the event.[10]

Mizugaki was defeated by Faber via first round submission November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[11][12] 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[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, most WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[13]

Mizugaki was expected to face Francisco Rivera on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[14] However, Rivera had to withdraw from the bout due to injury, and was replaced by UFC newcomer Reuben Duran.[15] Mizugaki defeated Duran via split decision.

Mizugaki faced Brian Bowles on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[16] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mizugaki faced Cole Escovedo on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. Mizugaki utilized his crisp boxing to defeat Escovedo at 4:30 of the 2nd round via TKO.[17]

Mizugaki faced Chris Cariaso on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144.[18] Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via a controversial unanimous decision.[19] 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.[20]

Mizugaki was expected to face Jeff Hougland on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[21] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Mizugaki/Hougland was rescheduled and took place on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[22] Mizugaki won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mizugaki faced Bryan Caraway on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[23] 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 faced Érik Pérez on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[24] He won the fight via split decision.

Mizugaki fought Nam Phan on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[25] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mizugaki was expected to face T.J. Dillashaw on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[26] However, on March 27, the UFC announced that Dillashaw was moved up to the main event to face Bantamweight champion Renan Barão.[27] Mizugaki instead faced Francisco Rivera.[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mizugaki faced Dominick Cruz on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[29] Mizugaki lost the fight via TKO in the first round after Cruz got a take-down and landed several punches against the cage.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Mizugaki holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Kanto Gakuin University.[citation needed]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • Cage Force
    • Cage Force Bantamweight Championship (One time)
  • Shooto
    • 2005 Shooto Bantamweight Rookie Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 & 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kobe-kanagawa.jp/voice/000811/
  2. ^ Joe Rogan breaks down the return of Dominick Cruz
  3. ^ http://haleotopteam.com/
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Damacio Page in the works for WEC 45 in December". www.mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Damacio Page won't be part of the WEC 45 card". www.mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  7. ^ "Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki added to "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff"". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  8. ^ "Bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Rani Yahya meet at WEC 48 in April". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  9. ^ "FABER MOVES TO 135LBS, FACES MIZUGAKI AUGUST 18". mmaweekly.com. 2010-06-08. 
  10. ^ "Injury forces Urijah Faber out of WEC 50, Takeya Mizugaki pulled from card". mmajunkie.com. 2010-07-09. 
  11. ^ "Faber vs Mizugaki Now Targeted For The Fall". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  12. ^ "WEC boss says Faber healed, likely meets Mizugaki at November's WEC event". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-08-20. 
  13. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki Faces Francisco Rivera at UFC on Versus 3 March 3". MMAweekly.com. 2010-12-17. 
  15. ^ "Newcomer Reuben Duran signs on to face Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. February 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Brian Bowles Meets Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 132 in July". mmaweekly.com. April 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ Stupp, Dann. "UFC 135 preliminary-card results: Ferguson breaks Riley's jaw, Boetsch cruises". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki Meets Chris Cariaso at UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. 2011-11-21. 
  19. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki Didn’t Get the W, but He Did Get His Win Bonus at UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. 2012-02-26. 
  20. ^ "Despite controversial loss, UFC 144's Takeya Mizugaki awarded his win bonus". mmajunkie.com. February 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland set for UFC 151". mmajunkie.com. June 18, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Mizugaki-Hougland move from UFC 151 to UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau". mmajunkie.com. August 24, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Carawy Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com. 13 December 2012. 
  24. ^ Staff (2013-06-11). "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez set for UFC on Fox Sports 1 2 in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  25. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2013-09-27). "Takeya Mizugaki vs. Nam Phan booked for UFC Fight Night 33". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  26. ^ Wesley De Souza (2014-02-26). "Takeya Mizugaki vs TJ Dillashaw scheduled for UFC 173". thefightnation.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  27. ^ John Morgan (2014-03-27). "UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao faces T.J. Dillashaw in new UFC 173 headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  28. ^ John Morgan (2014-03-28). "Francisco Rivera steps in to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  29. ^ Erickson, Matt (2014-07-08). "Dominick Cruz set for return at UFC 178 vs. Takeya Mizugaki". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  30. ^ Fowlkes, Ben (2014-09-27). "Dominick Cruz finally returns for quick TKO of Takeya Mizugaki". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 

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