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MMA Best Fighter: Takeya Mizugaki

Written on September 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Ranked by Sherdog as the top 10 bantamweight MMA fighter, Takeya Mizugaki makes his way on Fighting Insider's "MMA Best Fighter" list.

Currently ranked by Sherdoog as top 10 Bantamweight fighter, Takeya Mizugaki was born on December 16, 1983. He started his MMA career, competing for Japanese promotions like Shooto and Cage Force. He was the Shooto Rookie of the Year in 2003, and won the Cage Force Bantamweight tournament.

According to his official UFC profile, Takeya Mizugaki started training and competing for MMA when he was in high school. Back then, the sport was really famous in Japan. He was in college while fighting for Shooto and Cage Force. And during that time, he only had part time jobs working at gas station.

Takeya Mizugaki, other than being a notable bantamweight MMA fighter, also holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kanto Gakuin University.


Luis “Beicao” Ramos Inks UFC Deal

Written on August 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A new fighter enters the UFC roster, as Luis "Beicao" Ramos inks a deal with the promotion and replaces Mike Swick for UFC 134.

Shooto’s 168-pound world champion – Luis “Beicao” Ramos – signs a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship, and will make his Octagon debut against Erick Silva at UFC 134. The negotiation was not officially announced by the promotion, but it was confirmed by Nova Uniao leader — Andre Paderneiras.

Luis Ramos will step in for Mike Swick, after the latter bows out due to anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament injuries on his left knee. The 30-year-old fighter was defeated only once via unanimous decision by Roan Carneiro last October. Since then, Beicao boasts three-fight win streak. He also conquered Watch Out Combat Show’s one-night April tournament before recording a throttling of Dimitri Burgos last July 23.

UFC 134 will take place on August 27, at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. The said event will feature a middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.

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Hatsu Hioki Vacates SHOOTO Belt for UFC

Written on June 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Hatsu Hioki vacates his post as the SHOOTO lightweight champion to head on to UFC. Will the promotion acquire another top-ranked featherweight talent?

Japanese featherweight fighter, Hatsu Hioki, declined an offer to duel against DREAM featherweight champion – Hiroyuki Takeya – at DREAM 17. The former also announced last Tuesday that he will be vacating his lightweight title to head on to UFC 131 as a guest. His associate and representative, Shu Hirata, also added that all signs point to contract negotiations.

Hatsu Hioki is also a Sengoku featherweight champion with one remaining fight left on his contract with its promoter, World Victory Road. However, it is still unknown whether Sengoku will ever return due to its current financial crisis. Hatsu Hioki won the SHOOTO belt a year ago by defeating Takeshi Inoue via split decision. Last December, he added the Sengoku belt on his shelf with a unanimous decision win over Marlon Sandro. That said, Hatsu Hioki has long been considered as one of the best fighters in the 145-pound division.

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Japan’s Finest MMA Fighters Unite to Promote ‘Stands Up Japan’

Written on May 11, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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Masato and 'Kid' Yamamoto combine forces to fight for Japan's recovery

Masato Kobayashi and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, who are Japan’s pride in MMA, has merged last Saturday at Roppongi Hills Arena to promote the “Stands Up Japan” charity event. The said affair will help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country last March 11.

Masato Kobaya, who doesn’t step in the ring since he won the 2008 K-1 WORLD MAX GP championship, has returned in the MMA scene to face Kenichi Ogata and Japan’s karate champion, Kazuya Yasuhiro. Meanwhile, Rumina Sato, a former pacific rim title holder and SHOOTO legend, took Yamamoto’s place to fight Iwate-based fighter – Jin Hirano – whose house and gym was crashed by the tsunami.

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