UFC 135 Play-by-Play: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Cole Escovedo

September 23, 2011
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Cole Escovedo and Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 135

Cole Escovedo and Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 135

 

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Cole Escovedo

Round 1: 

Mizugaki aggressive early, lunging forward with punches clipping Escovedo a couple of times.  Escovedo is able to use his knees effectively, but Mizugaki keeps moving forward.  The fighters get stuck against the cage in the clinch, Escovedo looking for the Thai plum, and Mizugaki comes over the top with punches.  Mizugaki gets a takedown, but Escovedo pops right up.  This time Escovedo pulls guard and looks for a triangle choke and Mizugaki shrugs him off and backs out to stand back up.  The fighters are trading heavy shots inside, Escovedo lands a nice elbow and Mizugaki fires back with a nasty body shot before the round ends.

MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Takeya Mizugaki

Takeya Mizugaki and Cole Escovedo at UFC 135Round 2:

Slower start to round 2, but Mizugaki starts to pick it up a bit looking for punches.  Escovedo looking for head kicks at will in this round, but not landing.  Mizugaki fires back with a left hook and an uppercut that pushes Escovedo backwards.  Escovedo swings big and gets caught by a counter from Mizugaki that knocks him down briefly.  Escovedo looks for the Thai clinch and Mizugaki comes over the top and just unloads on him.  Mizugaki starting to pick Escovedo apart.  Mizugaki backs him up and just starts to fire on him with rapid combinations and Escovedo drops to the mat when the referee swoops in for the save.

 Takeya Mizugaki def. Cole Escovedo by TKO (strikes) at 4:30, R2

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