Takeya Mizugaki is considered one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC's bantamweight division. Rarely caught up in a boring fight, Mizugaki has won fans over with a style of combat that creates great moments whenever he enters the cage. Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2, 2-1 UFC) meets Chris Cariasco (12-3, 2-1 UFC).
On paper this is a mismatch as Takeya Mizugaki is currently ranked 12th on the USA Today / BE Consensus Rankings, so a win for Cariasco would definitely elevate him into the top 25 of the division. Mizugaki's status in the division wouldn't change much with a win but with the state of the Bantamweight division, it's possible he could find his name in title talks if he wins impressively. This fight kicks off the FX portion of the card which is set to air at 8:00 PM ET.
How do these two stack up?
Mizugaki: 28 years old | 5'7" | 69.5" reach
Cariasco: 30 years old | 5'3" | 64.5 reach
What have these two done recently?
Mizugaki: W - Cole Escovedo (TKO) | L - Brian Bowles (DEC) | W - Reuben Duran (DEC)
Cariasco: W - Vaughan Lee (DEC) | Michael McDonald (DEC) | W - Will Campuzano (DEC)
How did these two get here?
Takeya Mizugaki was brought into the WEC to challenge Miguel Torres for the bantamweight title. Though he was not victorious, he impressed fans and walked away with a fight of the night bonus. Since then he's been incredibly consistent in his inconsistency. He has picked up wins over lower ranked competition and has dropped fights against ranked opponents in Torres, Scott Jorgensen, Urijah Faber, and Brian Bowles.
Like Mizugaki, Chris Cariasco is consistent in his inconsistency. The big difference between the two fighters is that Cariasco has snuck by with very little media attention in his losses against Renan Barao and Michael McDonald. Incredibly undersized for bantamweight, it is possible that with a loss tonight Cariasco will join the newly created flyweight division.
Why should you care?
Takeya Mizugaki has never been in a boring fight and against Chris Cariasco I doubt that changes. It's also a free fight on FX so there's no excuse to not watch anyway.
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