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UFC 135: Takeya Mizugaki Vs. Cole Escovedo

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Round 1: Mizugaki taking the fight to Escovedo here early, landing some nice shots while moving forward. Escovedo grabs the clinch against the fence and lands several nice knees before Mizugaki breaks and starts throwing hands again. Mizugaki with a good inside leg kick. Mizugaki moves in behind the punches, pressing Escovedo against the cage, but not before eating a knee to the gut. The two stalemate against the fence, with Mizugaki keeping Escovedo’s back on the fence. Mizugaki breaks briefly and lands some nice punches before getting Escovedo to the mat. Escovedo forces the scramble and almost takes a leg, but drives Mizugaki to his feet anyway. Mizugaki presses him back into the cage and Escovedo pulls guard, briefly threatening with a triangle before Mizugaki fights free. Escovedo gets the clinch and lands some nice knees. Mizugaki fighting back and landing good punches and elbows. Escovedo lands a hard elbow on the break, wobbling Mizugaki briefly. Mizugaki not backing down at all, landing some hard punches; he nails Escovedo with a hard body shot right before the bell. Close round. scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Mizugaki catches a kick and dumps Escovedo to the mat, but doesn’t follow him down. He tries the body punch again but misses. Mizugaki scores with series of punches. Mizugaki catches Escovedo with some good counter punches as he tries to move in. Mizugaki lands a good counter right hand off of a body kick thrown by Escovedo. Mizugaki working the body. Escovedo lands a slapping head kick but Mizugaki looks none the worse for the wear. Mizugaki lands a left to the body that makes Escovedo grimace. Mizugaki is really putting his punches together; he cracks Escovedo with a good counter left hook that sends Escovedo reeling across the canvas. He won’t follow him down though. Escovedo grabs the clinch and Mizugaki starts going to work, hammering Escovedo with punches from inside the phone booth. Mizugaki is wailing on Escovedo against the fence, but the Apache Kid is keeping to his feet so far, trying to hang onto the clinch. He wilts once under a barrage of punches, but pops back to his feet, only to be sent back down again. The ref calls it.

Takeya Mizugaki defeated Cole Escovedo via TKO (strikes) at 4:30 of round 2