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dudeabides 03-01-2011 08:03 PM

UFC on Versus 3: Takeya Mizugaki vs Reuben Duran (SPOILERS)

Shady1 03-02-2011 04:40 PM

Imma go with the underdog and say Duran

dudeabides 03-03-2011 07:32 PM

Mizugaki wins by SD:


Round 1 - Duran unloads a swift combo, but Mizugaki avoids most of the blows. Duran has quick hands, though. Duran then goes high with a kick and connects with another super-quick combo. Mizugaki looks for punches but is countered, and they reset. Duran lands a low kick and then ducks under a punch, but Mizugaki tags him on the next exchange. The fighters seemingly tip their caps and go at it again. Duran lands a nice right. The trade punches and then get in a firefight in the center of the cage before breaking off. The crowd loves it. Mizugaki tries a low kick. Mizugaki lands a nice overhand right but eats a left. You can hear the thud of the punches echo through the arena. Mizugaki lands a low kick. Mizugaki lands another and then avoids punches. Duran isn't closing the distance like before and then waves in his opponent. Duran catches a kick and lands a straight right. Mizugaki tries again and gets tagged again. Mizugaki lands another low kick, but he pays for it again. Mizugaki shoots just as the bell sounds. It's an exciting first round that scores 10-9 for Duran.

Round 2 - Each fighter swings wildly from distance before resetting. Mizugaki lands a nice low kick and then ducks under his opponent's right-left combo. Mizugaki tries it again and eats a right and then a leg kick from Duran. Durna works left jabs that get through but telegraphs a left hook. Duran sticks with the jab, and Mizugaki is hesitant to close distance. The fighters clash in the center and trade heavy blows, but neither is really slowing. Mizugaki whiffs with three power punches, and Duran clinches and puts him against the cage. Mizugaki scores a hop-toss takedown, though, and gets the fight to the mat. Duran tries to get back to his feet, but once to the kneeling position, Mizugaki tags him with some short punches to the face. Duran finally gets upright, and they remain clinched against the cage. Duran works body punches but then takes a knee to the face before he's taken to the mat again. Duran eats a few punches while trying to get his back against the cage. He gets upright, and the round ends with them in the clinch. It's another close one, but scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki, largely due to the takedowns.

Round 3 - The fighters swing from distance. Mizugaki looks for a low kick and gets it, but he instantly eats a counter shot. More circling, and each clearly respect the other's power. The pace slows a bit, but Mizugaki starts a firefight with a low kick. Duran lands a nice right, but Mizugaki trips him to the mat and drops elbows from full guard. Duran ties him up for the most part, but Mizugaki gets through some solid forearm strikes and smothers his opponent to avoid the standup. Duran fires elbows his from back, but Mizugaki is getting the better of it from top position. Duran tries to roll free, but Mizugaki takes his back. Duran overpowers him and spins free and then pins Mizugaki against the cage as they get back to their feet. That could be a critical escape for Duran. Mizugaki gets an underhook and pins Duran against the cage. Durna unloads some solid shots, but Mizugaki trips him back down to the mat. Duran rolls to his knees and then powers his way back to his feet. Mizugaki clings to him, but Duran tries to swing wildly to steal the round. It's an extremely close last round and fight, but scores it 10-9 for Mizugaki and 29-28 overall for the WEC vet. But it could go either way. Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuben Duran via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)

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