Sunday, November 28, 2021

WEC 42 Results: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Curran



Round 1 – Curran opens with a low kick. Mizugaki looks to stalk, changing levels. Curran shoots in and grabs a leg. Mizugaki sprawl, but Curran drives him to the cage and sets up a double-leg. Mizugaki shows solid balance, and Curran goes back to a single. Curran drags his foe away from the cage, but Mizugaki shows excellent balance in remaining on his feet. Curran continues to work for the single, and Mizugaki drops to his knees. The crowd is restless, but Curran refuses to relent. Curan keeps his head in Mizugaki's gut, working high and low. Mizugaki finally spins off the cage, pushing Curran against the fence. The two spin and hit the floor, and Curran pulls guard. Mizugaki tries to posture up, and Curan throws his legs high for a submission. He fails, and Mizugaki lands a few elbows. Curran briefly has an armbar, but Mizugaki stands out of the hold. It's a mad scramble, and Mizugaki winds up on top. Curran ties up both of Mizugaki's arms underneath, and he lands a short elbow as time expires. Mizugaki had little chance to attack, and sees the round for Curran, 10-9.

Round 2 – The second starts with an exchange on the feet, and both fighters score. Curran lands a low kick, and Mizugaki misses on an answer. Curran throws a side kick to the chest. Mizugaki answers with his hands, and he tries to turn the fight into a brawl. Curran slides away, and Mizugaki clinches and pushed Curran to the fence. Mizugaki finally earns the takedown, and Curran pulls a closed guard. Curran tries to slide out to the side, but Mizugaki keeps the pressure on and holds him down. Curran uses his legs to keep Mizugaki just out of reach, though a few punches slip by before Curran again pulls guard. One minute remains, and Curan reaches up for a guillotine. Mizugaki has an arm in, and he throws a few shots with his free arm. Curran maneuvers around the arm and squeezes, but time expires before he can make it work. Mizugaki spent more time in top position, but Curran has the sub attempt and more strikes on the feet. sees it again for Curran, 10-9, but it was close.

Round 3 – A quick clinch, and Mizugaki earns the trip. Curran works a butterfly guard and tries to elevate. He can't, and he switches to guard. Mizugaki sneaks in a quality left, but he simply can't pass Curran's guard. Mizugaki postures and tries to pass, but Curran slaps him down with his legs and keeps guard. Curran closes his guard, then opens, and Mizugaki simply can't move past Curran's legs. Curran briefly looks for a triangle in a scramble, but the legs slide back don. One minute remaining, and the offense is all Mizugaki from the top, but the blows are not effective. Curran definitely losing the round. With a minute remaining, Curan locks the trinagle in, then transitions to a straight arm bar. Mizugaki rolls to his back, then again to his stomach, but Curran squeezes hard for the choke. The bell saves Mizugaki, and the submission may have stolen the round for Curran — and perhaps the fight, too. sees it comfortably for Curran, 30-27, but the second round was very close. Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Curran via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

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