Takeya Mizugaki Expected to Face Nam Phan at UFC Fight Night in Australia
A new bantamweight fight has been planned for the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Australia happening on December 6 in Brisbane.
Takeya Mizugaki, fresh off his latest win over Erik Perez at UFC Fight Night 27, will take on former The Ultimate Fighter competitor Nam Phan in the Land Down Under.
Sources close to the fighters confirmed to Bleacher Report on Friday that verbal agreements are in place for the upcoming fight in December.
It will be nearly a year since Phan entered the UFC Octagon when he returns in December to face the Japanese bantamweight. The fight will be Phan's first at 135 pounds after he competed in the UFC as a featherweight.
He has bounced back and forth between wins and losses over his last four fights and has to hope to start a new trend when he fights in December.
Phan's last two wins have come over Leonard Garcia and Cole Miller, while the losses have come at the hands of Jimy Hettes and Dennis Siver. To win in Australia, Phan will have to try and stop a fighter currently riding a three-fight win streak of his own.
A tough-as-nails bantamweight, Mizugaki is riding high after a huge win in his last fight. He has put together three victories in a row for the first time since 2008.
He has faced the best of the best at bantamweight during his career and most recently holds wins over the aforementioned Perez, Bryan Caraway and Jeff Hougland.
The Japanese fighter had been targeting a Top 10 opponent, but when the UFC comes calling, it's always better not to turn down a fight, so he accepted the bout against Phan in Australia.
The upcoming UFC Fight Night card from Brisbane will be headlined by heavyweights Mark Hunt and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. In addition, the event will feature a light heavyweight showdown between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and local fighter James Te Huna.
The UFC Fight Night from Australia will air on Dec. 6 locally, but because of the time difference, it will actually air on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the United States on Fox Sports 1.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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