Takeya Mizugaki

Japan

Calls end to MMA career
BantamweightOther
June 3, 2020
Mizugaki announced Tuesday that he has retired from professional fighting, MMA Planet reports.
ANALYSIS
Mizugaki most recently fought under Japan's Rizin Fighting Federation banner last August, but prior to that, he was a top bantamweight contender in the UFC. He accrued a 23-14-2 record during his MMA career, which included 14 fights in the Octagon between 2011 and 2016.
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Suffers first-round KO at hands of Eddie Wineland
BantamweightOther
December 17, 2016
Mizugaki lost to Eddie Wineland via TKO (punches) at 3:04 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 22 on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
The stoppage from referee Edward Collantes may have come a tad early, but Mizugaki was getting hammered pretty good. Mizugaki was getting the far better of the action early on, but he was caught with one huge right hand that set up the sequence that ended the fight. All of the losses have come against crazy competition (Wineland, Cody Garbrandt, Aljamain Sterling, Dominick Cruz), but Takeya is now just 1-4 in his last five fights. Three of those four losses have been first-round KO setbacks. It's a serious concern for a fighter who at age-33, isn't getting any younger.
Suffers first-round TKO loss at hands of Cody Garbrandt
BantamweightOther
August 20, 2016
Mizugaki lost to Cody Garbrandt via TKO (punches) at 0:48 of Round 1 at UFC 202 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Mizugaki proved once again that he just isn't on the level of any of the top bantamweights on the UFC roster. Outside of a split decision win over Bryan Caraway in March 2013, Mizugaki has lost every single time he has been asked to face a top opponent. He has now lost three of his last four following a five-fight winning streak. At age 32, this is Mizugaki's ceiling. With so much depth in the UFC's 135-pound division, it's clear that the Japanese veteran isn't a top-10 fighter anymore.
Massive underdog for fight against Cody Garbrandt
BantamweightOther
August 18, 2016
Mizugaki (+450) is a massive underdog for his bantamweight fight against Cody Garbrandt that will take place at UFC 202 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Mizugaki is sporting a 6-2 record in his last eight bouts, but his wins have come against weak competition and he's been overwhelmed when tasked with facing better fighters. He doesn't have much power (just five career wins by KO) and since Garbrandt is known for his conditioning, it's difficult to see Mizugaki pulling away late. Something unforeseen is going to have to occur in order for him to win this fight.
Takeya Mizugaki: Earns Unanimous Decision Win Over George Roop Saturday
BantamweightOther
September 26, 2015
Mizugaki defeated George Roop via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saitama, Japan.
ANALYSIS
Mizugaki had lost back-to-back fights against Dominick Cruz and Aljamain Sterling, but people forget how good this guy is. A legitimate top-10 bantamweight, Mizugaki should be fighting guys who are considerably better than Roop. Mizugaki struggled a bit in the clinch in the third round, but he beat up Roop on the feet during the ten minutes and he certainly deserved the win. An extremely smart fighter with a master's degree in electrical engineering, the 31-year-old Mizugaki is going to get a bigger name in his next fight. He may not be as good as the top guys in the division, but he's far better than roster depth such as Roop.
Takeya Mizugaki: Favored For Bout Against George Roop Saturday
BantamweightOther
September 25, 2015
Mizugaki is favored over George Roop for Saturday's bantamweight fight at UFC Fight Night in Saitama, Japan.
ANALYSIS
It was less than a year ago that Mizugaki was getting ready to fight Dominick Cruz in Las Vegas, now, two straight losses later, he finds himself in his native Japan fighting Roop. Mizugaki's last fight was a submission loss to the rising Aljamain Sterling in April in Newark, New Jersey. If he can't beat the pedestrian Roop, Mizugaki is going to be in a world of trouble.