UFC 135 Results: Instant Analysis and Reaction for Takeya Mizugaki vs Cole Escovedo
Takeya Mizugaki KO's Cole Escovedo
The first WEC featherweight champion Cole Escovedo takes on the Shooto veteran and former WEC title contender Takeya Mizugaki in the only bantamweight fight on the card. Mizugaki comes off a loss to Brian Bowles while Escovedo returns from a decision loss to Renan Barao. Both look to establish a foothold in a bantamweight division full of talent.
Mizugaki came out with a great mixture of strikes. It shows that worked on combinations in camp as he pushed Escovedo against the fence with a muay thai clinch. Mizugaki continued to force the action and showed a great use of switch kicks. Escovedo seemed content to counter and allow Mizugaki to force the action. Mizugaki constantly thew strikes throughout the round even with his shoulders. He employed good combos against the fence and worked his way to a takedown. Escovedo quickly reversed the takedown and scrambled back to his feet. In the most exciting move of the round, Escovedo climbed up Mizugaki for a triangle attempt, but ended up on his back. Escovedo constantly threw knees and eventually caught Mizugaki with a big elbow that hurt him but couldn't capitalize.
Mizugaki started the round with an inside leg kick. Escovedo continued to attempt to take the fight to the ground by pulling guard, but Mizugaki refused to go down and insisted on keeping the fight standing. He knows that Cole is excellent off his back and an expert in triangle. Mizugaki continued to show a great mixture of body shots and inside leg kicks. Cole cnnected with a head kick, but Mizugaki walked right though it. Throughout the fight Escovedo has shown no combinations. That may be his downfall in the fight. Mizugaki caught him with a uppercut and continues to look for it. Mizugaki gets a knockdown, but shows respect for Escovedo's ground game and waits for his opponent to get back up. Mizugaki tees off on while Escovedo as soon as he get's back to his feet and forces him to retreat to the cage. A couple of power punches and Escovedo's night was over.
Mizugaki has proven in his past bouts that he is in the upper echelon of the bantamweight division. He deserves a significant step up in competition as he works his way to title contention.
Cole Escovedo may have fought his way right out of the organization. He may need to prove himself in regional organizations to get a call up to the big show again.
by Bleacher Report's Antwyn Jackson
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