A bout between bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Cole Escovdeo has been booked for September 24 at UFC 135 giving both men a chance to reestablish themselves in an ever-deepeing division after having suffered losses in their previous Octagon appearances.
The UFC revealed the 135er’s Denver dance through an online announcement.
Escovedo has gone 6-3 since a three-year break from MMA after a misdiagnosed staph infection left him partially paralyzed in 2006. Included in the stretch are stoppages against over Yoshiro Maeda and Michael McDonald, a familiar outcome when the 17-7 Californian steps in the ring as he’s finished every opponent he’s beaten with one exception. However, Escovedo unfortunately came up short in his UFC debut earlier this year against Renan Barao, losing the bout by way of decision.
Based on Mizugaki’s latest outing a win against Escovedo could be a lock given that he’s remained streak-less since signing with Zuffa in 2009, alternating between wins and losses in his last seven scraps. Among the performances are a trio of defeats to former champions and victories over Jeff Curran, Rani Yahya, and most recently Reuben Duran this past March.
UFC 135 is headlined by Jon Jones’ title-defense against popular slugger Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Other bouts include 170-pound icon Matt Hughes taking on Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez and fellow TUF champ Nate Diaz mixing it up with Japanese star Takanori Gomi.
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