Former UFC and WEC Bantamweight contender Takeya Mizugaki stepped away from skilled MMA. His retirement got here per preliminary studies from MMA Planet on Tuesday. The Japanese fighter has referred to as the curtain on a 15-year lengthy profession. The veteran has been the check that many bantamweights must take.
— Takeya Mizugaki (@takeya_miz) June 2, 2020
Mizugaki was a veteran Bantamweight who fought in varied organizations all through his profession. Takeya Mizugaki contested for the WEC belt towards Miguel Torres in 2009. That battle nonetheless stands as among the finest fights of the yr.
Though by no means competing for a belt within the UFC Mizugaki confronted elite competitors. After the WEC merger with the UFC Mizugaki was absorbed into the corporate. He went 8-6 with the promotion from 2011-16
Battling towards divisional legends like Uriah Faber and Cody Garbrandt. He maintained a place as a top-ranking contender throughout his UFC tenure.
Takeya Mizugaki fought solely 5 occasions within the span of 5 years earlier than asserting his retirement. His standing as a prime contender diminished as he entered into the twilight of his profession. His final battle got here was a KO loss at Rizin 18.
Takeya Mizugaki: Transferring on
Mizugaki was a pioneer for smaller divisions in MMA. Getting his skilled begin in 2005, he gained his first 6 fights. He set himself up nicely as a formidable challenger after shifting to the extra mainstream promotions.
In direction of the tip of his profession, there have been questions surrounding his sturdiness. The truth is, identified for his sturdiness early on in his profession, it appeared that Mizugaki’s chin had given out.
“Turning into the champion is the last word objective. To be primary is my dream. Sooner or later I would be the champion and it’ll symbolize that I’m the most effective on this planet”-Takeya Mizugaki. Though unable to perform his finish objective, Mizugaki has left his mark on the game.
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