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UFC 173: Takeya Mizugaki Vs. Francisco Rivera

ufc 173

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera

We return to the bantamweight for the first of two times on this main card, as Takeya Mizugaki squares off with Francisco Rivera.

Mizugaki (19-7-2) has quietly strung together four straight wins, all via decision. He has topped Nam Phan, Erik Perez and Bryan Caraway, going an overall 6-2 with the UFC.

Rivera (10-2) is unbeaten in his last six fights, going 5-0 with one no-contest. He has stopped both George Roop and Edwin Figueroa in the second round.

Round 1: Rivera lands the first good shot, stopping Mizugaki for a brief moment with a left hook. Here comes Mizugaki, landing an overhand and proceeding to drop Rivera with a flurry. He follows up on the ground, but Rivera does a great job of tying him up and looks to have survived – at least for the time being. Patience by Mizugaki may have cost him, as Rivera avoided any serious damage and they are back to the feet. Rivera avoids the strike and bullies him up against the fence after getting denied on a takedown attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Round 2: Head kick by Rivera, that Mizugaki tries to catch. He lands a left that hurts Mizugaki and is attacking. A big cut has opened up over the left eye of Mizugaki. Another good combo, followed by a left, from Rivera. He shakes off his right hand after the combo, and he may have broke it. Rivera trying for a guillotine minus having him locked up with his legs, and Mizugaki easily gets free and winds up on top and in guard with two minutes to go. Left gets through for Mizugaki and he takes the back, looking to apply either a rear-naked choke or neck crank with a minute to go. He could also be stealing back the round if he can end it in control like this.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Round 3: Rivea comes out and closes the distance quickly, looking for the knockout. He catches Mizugaki with a left hook that stops him for a brief moment. Two cuts on Mizugaki’s face, both around his eyes, but he lands a straight left. Kick to the leg by Rivera, but Mizugaki counters with a straight right that drops him to his back. Inside the guard goes Mizugaki with three minutes to work. Joe Rogan is questioning if Rivera is sick or hurt, saying his performance is troubling.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Takeya Mizugaki def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)