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UFC On FUEL TV 8: Takeya Mizugaki Vs. Bryan Caraway

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Caraway

Into the bantamweight ranks next, as Takeya Mizugaki (16-7-2) squares off with Miesha Tate’s boyfriend, Bryan Caraway (17-5). Caraway is on a three-fight winning streak, with all three victories coming via rear-naked choke. Marc Goddard will be the referee, and yes, Tate is in Caraway’s corner:)

Round 1: Mizugaki fires off a big right to start that connects, and he continues to apply pressure. Caraway working the outside leg kick, and pushes it up against the fence. Mizugaki is able to get the first takedown, as it appeared Caraway slipped to the mat. Mizugaki sweeping in with his left, looking for the knockout. Caraway gets the takedown, but is unable to keep him on the ground, and we’ve lost the feed. We are back, and there is a minute left in the round, as Mizugaki defends a takedown. Caraway gets the takedown and is working to the back, which he gets, with seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 2: Caraway looking to take this right back to the ground, shooting in for a single-leg. After advancing quickly to Mizugaki’s back late in round one, he likely wants to get right into that position again. Caraway’s corner is telling the ref he keeps grabbing the fence, and the ref tells them to stop talking. Mizugaki back to his feet – with the cage or not, I couldn’t really tell. Mizugaki with a liver shot, and a left, and Caraway appears to have slowed. Mizugaki comes in and Caraway catches him, dropping him to the ground and locking up a guillotine choke. Caraway trying to get his legs wrapped around the body with 90 seconds left, but Mizugaki gets out. Caraway transitions to the back, has the legs wrapped around the hips, but is unable to latch on the choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 3: Interesting corner talk, as Tate calls Caraway, “babe.” His corner believes he is up 2-0, and Caraway tells them he wants to keep the fight standing. Might not be the best idea to stand and trade, as Mizugaki lands a stiff right. A left from Mizugaki floors Caraway, but he’s able to get back up. Another swooping left lands, and Mizugaki goes on the attack, sensing blood. Caraway goes for a single-leg, but appears too tired to land it and gives up. Another big blow by Mizugaki, as his lead-left is on target. Caraway with a second-wind, lands some nice uppercuts inside the clinch. Caraway has Mizugaki against the cage, avoiding the striking and gaining control. Exchange from both fighters, as Caraway lands a right and Mizugaki hits with some elbows. Back standing with 20 seconds left, and Mizugaki hits a left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Takeya Mizugaki def. Bryan Caraway via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

A very interesting decision, but the raw emotion from Mizugaki after the fight was incredible. He couldn’t stop crying, dropping to the mat and said it is “overwhelming.”