Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 40

Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 40

With the UFC headed back to Versus on March 3 more fights are starting to be added to the card. The latest addition is a bantamweight offering with Japanese fighter Takeya Mizugaki getting back the cage taking on Francisco Rivera.

The match-up was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight, with bout agreements having been issued for the March 3 contest.

Mizugaki (13-5-2) makes his UFC debut coming off a loss to Urijah Faber in his last fight under the WEC banner. While his record has been up and down while with the WEC, Mizugaki is a fighter that has always brought action to his fights and he’ll hope to transfer his special brand of excitement to the UFC Octagon.

Dropping down to 135lbs to meet Mizugaki in March will be Francisco Rivera (5-1) who will try to erase the memory of his first WEC fight when he makes his UFC debut.

Stepping up on short notice, Rivera faced Erik Koch in November and fell prey to a nasty head kick knockout. Prior to that fight, Rivera had been undefeated and will try to get back on the winning track in March facing a very tough opponent in Mizugaki.

It’s likely the fight between Mizugaki and Rivera will end up on the undercard for the show, although the UFC has yet to officially announce any fights for the card beyond the main event between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, and a middleweight bout between Mark Munoz and C.B. Dollaway.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Marc Ratner headed to International Boxing Hall of Fame

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner has witnessed countless big fights, both in the boxing ring and in the Octagon. He will be front and center Saturday when he is inducted into the read news >>

Bellator 158 Fight Card Set, Michael Page Now Faces Evangelista Santos in London

  • 19 days ago
  • 26 views

Arguably England’s two top welterweights, Paul “Semtex” Daley (38-13-2) and Michael “Venom” Page (10-0) have each been assigned new opponents for the upcoming “Bellator 158: London” event. read news >>

Josh Copeland Wants a Win at WSOF 31 and Many More Fights in 2016

  • 17 days ago
  • 6 views

Struggling to stay busy, Josh Copeland wants nothing more than a win at WSOF 31 and several more fights in 2016. read news >>

Max Holloway: Hawaii's Wunderkind Is the Featherweight to Watch

  • 17 days ago
  • 24 views

Despite 15 fights in the UFC since debuting in February 2012—12 of which he won—Max "Blessed" Holloway has flown under the radar for many casual fans. The Hawaiian striker was ranked No. 4 and on an read news >>

Max Holloway: Hawaii's Wunderkind Is the Featherweight to Watch

  • 17 days ago
  • 12 views

Despite 15 fights in the UFC since debuting in February 2012—12 of which he won—Max "Blessed" Holloway has flown under the radar for many casual fans. The Hawaiian striker was ranked No. 4 and on an read news >>

UFC 200 Free Fight: Miesha Tate Chokes Out Holly Holm

  • 15 days ago
  • 27 views

Relive one of the greatest fights in women's bantamweight history as Miesha Tate meets Holly Holm at UFC 196. "Cupcake" puts her title on the line for the first time at UFC 200. read news >>

Mike Arrant Replaces Injured Thiago Meller, Faces John Howard at WSOF 31

  • 13 days ago
  • 6 views

World Series of Fighting announced today that Thiago Meller has withdrawn from his scheduled welterweight contest against John Howard, who will now face Mike Arrant at WSOF 31. read news >>

Former Bellator Champ Will Brooks Signs with UFC, Faces Ross Pearson at TUF 23 Finale

  • 13 days ago
  • 29 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks has inked a deal with the UFC. read news >>

Will Brooks makes UFC debut on July 8

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 views

Highly-regarded lightweight Will Brooks will make his Octagon debut on Friday, July 8, as he faces Ross Pearson on the TUF 23 Finale card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

'The Kick Heard 'Round the World' Williams-Coleman fight headed to UFC Hall in 2016

  • 14 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC announced that the classic 1998 fight between Pete Williams and Mark Coleman will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Fight Wing’ and serve as the final induction of the 2016 class. read news >>