Takeya Mizugaki is getting a new opponent for UFC on Versus 3 and his name is Reuben Duran.
Duran’s agency, Iridium Sports Agency, made the fight announcement via its official Facebook page Monday night. In addition, Duran signed a new contract with the UFC consisting of five fights – the first fight being against the Japanese fighter on March 3.
MMAWeekly.com originally reported that Mizugaki was slated to fight Francisco Rivera on the Versus card, but an undisclosed injury during training recently forced Rivera off the event. MMAJunkie.com was the first to report on Rivera’s withdrawal.
Duran (7-2-1) has spent some time fighting for the King of the Cage promotion in addition to some smaller Southern California promotions, such as All-Star Boxing and Long Beach Fight Night. He’s currently on a four-fight winning streak with three of those four wins being finishes. The Redlands, Calif. native started his professional career in 2006.
Mizugaki (13-5) is no stranger to the Zuffa cage. The former WEC bantamweight is coming off a submission loss to Urijah Faber at WEC 52, dropping his record to 2-3 since joining the organization in 2009. The fight at UFC on Versus 3 will be Mizugaki’s first in the UFC since the company merged with the WEC at the beginning of 2011.
UFC on Versus 3 is scheduled to take place in Lousville, Ky., and is headlined by a welterweight match-up between Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez.