Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Ten fights into his Zuffa career, Takeya Mizugaki has managed to never have any sort of streak. He's alternated losses and wins as consistently as a clock ticks, and Saturday's UFC on FUEL 6 matchup was his regular turn at victory.
Mizugaki battered Jeff Hougland at will, bloodying him badly en route to a unanimous decision.
The judges scored it 30-25, 30-27, 30-27 for Mizugaki.
Mizugaki controlled the fight from the very beginning. He started off with the striking advantage when the fight began, but as Hougland resorted to shooting in for the takedown, Mizugaki decided to take the fight down to ensure he ended up on top. From that position, he thwarted all of his opponent's submission attempts and landed several hard punches.
The second was nearly a carbon copy of the first, with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Hougland unable to threaten from his back. The referee did stand the pair up with about one minute left and Mizugaki landed a sharp left hook before the fight went back to the mat for more of the same.
By the third, Hougland rarely even bothered trying for the takedown, instead choosing to jump guard on two occasions. All that got him was a quicker and more thorough beating. Mizugaki carved open his forehead with a slicing elbow late, and had no problem avoiding Hougland's traps as he cruised to the win.
The Japanese bantamweight is now 16-7-2 overall and 5-5 while under the Zuffa banner. Meanwhile, Hougland fell to 10-6 with his second straight loss.
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