UFC 135 Results Recap: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Cole Escovedo

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Takeya Mizugaki likely put up the best fight of his WEC/UFC career in defeating Cole Escovedo by second-round TKO in a bantamweight bout at UFC 135. He used some excellent boxing and managed to shake off Escovedo's attempts to pull guard in the first round. Escovedo did end the round with a nice elbow, but Mizugaki came out on fire in the second and picked Escovedo apart.

Takeya knocked down Escovedo early, and kept up the assualt. Escovedo kept looking for the thai clinch, but Mizugaki deftly boxed around it and landed a bunch of solid shots. Eventually Mizugaki landed a solid combination and a left hook that dropped Escovedo again, and a few more shots on the ground forced the referee to step in. The bout was the second fight on the preliminary portion of the UFC 135 broadcast, and was streamed on Facebook.

What was the high spot of this fight?

Mizugaki's clever use of striking while Escovedo had him locked up in the thai clinch was really impressive. The other high point was midway through the first round, which Escovedo jumped on Mizugaki standing and basically climbed right up him looking to lock on a submission. Mizugaki shook his body until Escovedo slipped down a bit, then promptly slammed him to the mat.

Where do these guys go from here?

Mizugaki has had a rollercoaster of a Zuffa career so far, alternating wins and losses for eight straight fights in the WEC and UFC now. He's 2-1 in the UFC though, and with the division still in the development stage, his job is very secure. It's unlikely that he'll be in the title mix anytime soon, but he's a solid, exciting fighter that the UFC can stick in any bout and they know it will be competitive. A bout with Michael McDonald would be a solid test for both.

As for Escovedo, he's been competitive in his two UFC fights and both were against top-caliber guys. But he's 0-2 now, and he might be looking for a job. The UFC has been on a bantamweight signing spree lately though, and it's entirely possible that Cole gets another fight against the likes of Donny Walker.

Watch it now, later, or never?

Now. UFC 135 wasn't the most exciting event, and this was easily one of the best three fights on the card. If you're picking and choosing between fights to watch, this one should be on your list.

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More BE coverage of UFC 135 in the full entry.

UFC 135 Results: Time to Embrace Underutilized Lighter Weight Classes - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Will Rashad Evans Spoil the Jon Jones Era? - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 135 Results: Dana White Expects Matt Hughes to Retire - Mike Fagan

UFC 135 Results: Two Heavyweight Fights On PPV A Big Mistake - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Says Rashad Evans Doesn't Have His Number - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva Isn't Happening - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage Results - Event Doesn't Provide Enough Bang for the Buck - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena

UFC 135 Results: Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena

UFC 135 Post-Fight Press Conference Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Limping Backstage After Dominating Rampage Jackson - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Forces Rampage Jackson to Tap Out - Matthew Roth

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Main Card - Bloody Elbow

UFC 135 Results: Josh Koscheck Knocks Out Matt Hughes, Doesn't Retire Him - Matthew Roth

UFC 135 Results: Mark Hunt Picks Up A Decision In A Grueling Fight - Matthew Roth

UFC 135 Results: Travis Browne Defeats Rob Broughton by Unanimous Decision - Matthew Roth

UFC 135 Results: Nate Diaz Forces Takanori Gomi to Tap By Armbar - Matthew Roth

UFC 135 Results: Tony Ferguson Breaks Aaron Riley's Jaw In The First - Matthew Roth

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Tim Boetsch Gives Nick Ring His First Career Loss - Matthew Roth

UFC 135 Results: Junior Assuncao Fails to Impress with Win Over Eddie Yagin - Matthew Roth

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Prelims - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 135 Results: Takeya Mizugaki Ends Cole Escovedo With A Knockout - Matthew Roth

UFC 135 Results: James Te Huna Ends Ricardo Romero's Night By KO - Matthew Roth

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