At UFC 144 we already have one controversial decision—and it didn't go in favor of the hometown Japanese fighter.
Takeya Mizugaki lost out to Chris Cariaso after doing a good job of taking down Cariaso and showing some good ground control.
The fight overall was lackluster after a quick start between Tiequan Zhang and Issei Tamura. All that aside though, the fight is another notch against the judges.
What we'll remember about this fight:
Mizugaki got robbed of a decision win. Cariaso won, at most, one round, but the judges gave it to him over Mizugaki.
What we learned about Chris Cariaso:
Mizugaki was pretty good at getting him to the ground, so before his next fight that is something to improve on in a division with some good wrestlers. He did display some good striking though.
What we learned about Takeya Mizugaki:
Although Mizugaki is known for his striking, it wasn't up to par against Cariaso. He did succeed however in showing good ground control and good takedown ability.
What's next for Cariaso:
Cariaso wasn't a top 25 bantamweight fighter before, but he is now. He'll most likely get a shot against a low, top 25 bantamweight like Ivan Menjivar possibly.
What's next for Mizugaki:
Mizugaki was on the cusp of becoming a top 10 bantamweight again after a win against Cole Escovedo, and what seemed like a victory over Cariaso. Yet again, Mizugaki loses after winning his last fight however. He is now 5-5 in his last 10 fights.
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