-Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
Round 1: The veteran Japanese fighter still has some vigor left in him, which he demonstrates by dropping Rivera with a right hand not long into the opening round. Mizugaki follows him down, but inexplicably doesn’t pound him out – a tactic that allows Rivera to recover and score three takedowns before time expires in the frame.
Round 1 goes to Mizugaki for the right hand.
Round 2: They come out swinging and Rivera scores with a kick. The slugfest continues, and Rivera jumps into a guillotine attempt that Mizugaki eventually works out of. The rest of the round is spent with Rivera fending off Mizugaki’s submissions.
Round 2 goes to Mizugaki for sure.
Round 3: Mizugaki once again feeds his opponent a punch that sends him tumbling to the canvas, and since this happens a minute and a half into the round, that makes for a pretty rough time for Rivera. As things slow to a snail’s pace, referee Yves Lavigne stands them up with a minute left, and the two fighters end up swinging for the fences to the horn sounds.
Result: Takeya Mizugaki def. Francisco Rivera via Unanimous Decision