Round 1: Mizugaki takes the center of the cage. Rivera lands a big left hook early that stuns Mizugaki. Mizugaki moves forward but misses with a right hand. He lands an outside leg kick. Rivera goes to the body. Mizugaki answers with a right hand. Mizugaki lands a right hand that puts Rivera on wobbly legs. He follows up with an uppercut that drops Rivera. Mizugaki follows him to the ground. Rivera survives. He gets to his feet. They clinch and Rivera secures a takedown. But Mizugaki immediately gets back to his feet. They battle for position along the cage. Rivera lands knees to the body of Mizugaki. He secures a takedown in the closing seconds of the round. Mizugaki gets up and lands a right hand. Rivera takes him down. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki.
Round 2: The two meet in the middle of the cage. Rivera lands first in the second frame with an outside leg kick. Mizugaki inches forward. Fakes low with a kick but goes upstairs and lands it. Mizugaki fires back. Mizugaki is cut over his left eye. Mizugaki changes levels and tries to take Rivera down. Rivera applies a guillotine choke and drops to the canvas. Mizugaki defends the submission attempt and gains top position. Mizugaki lands a right hand. He has Rivera against the cage. Not a lot going on. Mizugaki lands a right hand and takes Rivera’s back. Mizugaki works to get his arm under Rivera’s chin. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki.
Round 3: Rivera lands a kick to the body. They both miss with right hands. They exchange right hands. Mizugaki is cut over his other eye now. He lands a right hand. Rivera lands an outside leg kick. Mizugaki counters with a straight right hand that knocks Rivera off balance. Mizugaki follows him to the ground. He works in Rivera’s full guard. He peppers Rivera with short shots to the body and head. Rivera not doing much on the bottom. Mizugaki doing just enough to not get stood up by the referee. A few seconds later, the referee did stand them up. They exchange. Both land. Mizugaki lands a left hand. Mizugaki fakes a takedown and lands a right hand. He ducks under Rivera’s counter punches. They stand toe-to-toe and slug it out in the closing seconds. They’re both winging punches. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki.
The judges scored the fight for Mizugaki by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.
“He’s a hard puncher and a striker. We have the same game so I was very excited to get into the Octagon and compete against him. I think I had an OK performance. I definitely landed some good shots but it could’ve been better. Thanks so much to my fans who cheer for me every time. You still haven’t seen the best of me. I’ll be back even better.”
“I broke my hand in the first round. I threw a punch and it started going numb out there. I thought it was a good fight and I hope we get fight of the night.”