Soon-to-be UFC bantamweight competitor Takeya Mizugaki will be hitting the scales today to make official his upcoming bout with WEC star Urijah “The California Kid” Faber. Speaking to MMAJunkie.com through manager and translator Shu Hirata, Mizugaki explained that his primary motivation in facing Faber is to up his status in the bantamweight division in preparation for his UFC debut.
“My goal is one thing,” Mizugaki said. “Since we’re going to the UFC next year, to become a UFC champion. I don’t think about anything else but to try and get that title.”
Mizugaki revealed that he is treating tomorrow’s bout with Faber the same as he did his legendary title fight with former champion Miguel Torres.
“This fight is as big as the fight when I fought Miguel Torres for the WEC title,” Mizugaki said. “I feel like I’m challenging Urijah because he is a star of the WEC. This is almost to be like the same value as a title fight.”
Normally a featherweight, Faber will be making his bantamweight debut tomorrow night and Mizugaki believes that “The California Kid” will find the weight cut to be to his detriment.
“Of course by cutting down to 135, I expect Urijah’s strength to be a little less than it was at 145,” Mizugaki said. “More than anything, by cutting to 135, I think he’s going to have a little problem with his stamina. Of course, we don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll see, but that’s what I’m hoping to see.”
Mizugaki and Faber face off tomorrow night in the main event of WEC 52, at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.