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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.


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UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber Preliminary Card Preview

Written on June 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before you place your bets for UFC 132, check out Fighting Insider's preview for the tournament's preliminary card.

Last June, MMA fans were spoiled with three UFC events. However, the promotion will pull the first truly stacked card of the summer with UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber.

Bantamweight champ, Dominick Cruz, will defend his UFC title belt for the first time against the only man who was able to beat him — Urijah Faber. The match-up is worth the pay-per-view, while the whole fight card is full of superstars and especially compelling match-ups.

That said, check out Fighting Insider’s UFC 132 preliminary card preview after the break.

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Preliminary Matches of UFC 132 on UFC’s Facebook Page

Written on June 29, 2011 by Lulu

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Following UFC's tradition of airing prelim matches on Facebook, four of UFC 132's undercard bouts will be broadcast the promotion official Facebook Page.

UFC, once again, gives their fans free fights to watch on their official Facebook page. Four fights from the UFC 132 card is now scheduled to air on Facebook on Saturday night. Starting 6pm ET/ 3pm PT on Saturday, preliminary matches will be aired on Facebook, which is the only place where fans could watch the prelim of UFC’s event. While the rest of the show including the main event will be on pay-per-view.

The four fights that will air on Facebook includes matches between Brian Bowles vs  Takeya Mizugaki, Aaron Simpson vs. Brad Tavares, Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner and Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker.

UFC 132 is the latest event that will be air on Facebook, following the UFC’s tradition of broadcasting every fight on a card between multiple multimedia outlet. After the prelim ends,  the broadcast will shift on Spike TV where fans could watch the main card.

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Brian Bowles Faces Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 132

Written on April 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Two bantamweight fighters will attempt to come closer for a title shot, as Brian Bowles and Takeya Mizugaki lock horns at the upcoming UFC 132 on July 2.

Brian Bowles will attempt to make a step forward towards a bantamweight title shot, as he meets Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 132 this July 2. The bantamweight fighters will square off at the said event, which green lits a title match between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.

Since Brian Bowles’ loss to current champion, Dominick Cruz, last year, he has dealt with a broken hand and foot. His injuries brought him out of action for almost a year. But following that, Brian Bowles bounced back after submitting Damacio Page during UFC on Versus 3 last March. Meanwhile, Takeya Mizugaki will also have a chance for a title shot if he get pass Brian Bowles at UFC 132.

Who’s foot will step forward on July 2? Let people know your bets by leaving a comment.

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Faber Chokes Mizugaki Out

Written on November 12, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The biggest star in the history of WEC fought for the promotion for the final time at WEC 52, and it went just as planned. Urijah Faber choked out Takeya Mizugaki with just seconds remaining in the first round.

Urijah Faber’s plans for his last fight for WEC went as it should be, after defeating the Japanese favorite — Takeya Mizugaki. Mizugaki was holding his own early in the first round, but Faber proved how well-rounded of a fighter he is. It was only a matter of time when he took on the Japanese’s back, and attempted a rear-naked choke. Faber started the choke from a standing position, and re-positioned it after they fell on the mat. He continued to squeezed tightly until Mizugaki was left unconscious.

For a moment, there was a scary scene with a blocked out Takeya Mizugaki on the floor. But he quickly came to, and appeared to be okay. This is Urijah Faber’s first victory in the bantamweight division. He will move in the UFC most likely as a number one contender. Indeed, Faber’s star is on the rise, and soon to shine even brighter.

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WEC 52 Quick Results

Written on November 12, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The penultimate WEC event is done, and the results are already scribbled on the history of Mixed Martial Arts. Who among your favorite fighters took home the bacon, and who went out the cage empty-handed?

The WEC 52 has come to its end and the results are in. Urijah Faber makes his bantamweight debut against Takeya Mizugaki, while Chad Mendes takes on Javier Vazquez. Also in the WEC 52 main event, Joseph Benavidez meets Wagnney Fabiano. Who among your favorite fighter stands proudly on his feet? And who went home defeated?

Fighting Insider has the WEC 52 results posted after the jump.

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Urijah Faber Last Training for WEC 52

Written on November 10, 2010 by Zac Efren

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Urijah Faber completes his final preparations for WEC 52 as shown in the video below.

Before WEC 52 takes place, Urijah Faber went to his final and rigorous training with his striking coach Thonglor Armatsena. The training was opened for the media people to see. It was held in last Vegas.

WEC 52 is where Faber will debut on the bantamweight division. He will face Takeya Mizugaki inside the octagon on Thursday.

The official weigh-in for the bout will happen on Wednesday. Keep on checking Fighting Insider for the latest information about WEC 52.

Check out the video after the skip.

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Faber vs Mizugaki Bout Headlines WEC 52

Written on September 22, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Taking what seems to be the best and worst moment of their MMA career last April, Takeya Mizugaki and Urijah Faber will lock horns against each other as they headline the upcoming WEC 52.

Former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber will make his much awaited advance to 135 pounds, as he faces Takeya Mizugaki on the upcoming WEC 52 on November 11, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Urijah “The California Kid” Faber has not competed since his unanimous decision loss against Jose Aldo at WEC 48 last April. But be that as it may, Faber got victories over Dominick Cruz, Bibiano Fernandez, and Jens Pulver in addition to his 19 out of 23 career wins via knockout, TKO or submission. Takeya Mizugaki, on the other hand, secured seven wins out of his past nine fights. His sole defeat came from Miguel Torres and Scott Jorgensen. He last fought in April, outperforming Rani Yahya via unanimous decision at WEC 48.

Meanwhile, two more fights are made official for the event, which will air live on Versus network. Former WEC Bantamweight king Brian Bowles will make his comeback, squaring off Wagnney Fabiano at 135 pounds. Another is a pivotal showdown at 145 pounds between Josh Grispi and Erik Koch.

WEC 52 “Faber vs. Mizugaki”
Thursday, Nov. 11
Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas

Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Brian Bowles vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch
* Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
* Damacio Page vs. Eddie Wineland
* Michael McDonald vs. Clint Godfrey
* Zachary Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier

* Not Official

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Faber Debuts for WEC 52 Against Mizugaki

Written on September 03, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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After the face-off between Faber and Mizugaki was scratched from the WEC 51 card, "The California Kid" is now ready to try his hand in a new division. The fight that was set for September is now all systems go to take action this November at the WEC 52 in Las Vegas.

After a knee injury that sidelined Urijah “The California Kid” Faber for a couple of months, his debut is now set for WEC 52 versus Takeya Mizugaki. Primed to return on November 11, the former featherweight king dropped his last fight against Jose Aldo in April. After that, he decided go down to 135 pounds, making it the most talked about moves in MMA. He was set to face Mizugaki for WEC 51 in September, but a knee injury from training pushed the card off the fight. However, Japanese fighter and former bantamweight title holder, Takeya Mikugaki, is happy to wait a couple of months to welcome the 145-pound champ. Winning over Rani Yahya in his recent fight, Mizugaki is anxious enough to be Faber’s first test in the 135-pounds division.

The Faber and Mizugaki bout will likely to be a co-main event for the WEC 52 in Las Vegas this coming November. The November show is set to feature the return of Brian Bowles, former bantamweight champion, versus Wagnney Fabiano. More fights will be announced for the upcoming WEC event, so be sure to check back again.

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