UFC Fight Night 33 Prelims: Takeya Mizugaki Downs Nam Phan, Extends Winning Streak

By Brian Knapp Dec 6, 2013
Takeya Mizugaki spoiled Nam Phan’s debut at 135 pounds.

Mizugaki extended his winning streak to four fights with a unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 semifinalist at UFC Fight Night 33 “Hunt vs. Bigfoot” on Friday at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. All three judges scored it for Mizugaki (19-7-2, 6-2 UFC): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-28.

Phan (18-12, 2-5 UFC) failed to match the Japanese standout’s pace, particularly in the first and second rounds. Mizugaki lit into him with rights and lefts to the head and body, keeping the 30-year-old Californian off-balance with well-timed takedowns. In the second round, he rocked Phan with a left hook and swarmed him with punches against the cage. However, Phan refused to wilt and pushed the bout into its final frame.

Though visibly fatigued, Mizugaki remained competitive, weathered a series of left hooks from the former featherweight and answered Phan’s desperate punching combinations with some of his own.

Brazilian Magalhaes Outlasts Ring

Effective counterpunching and superior conditioning spurred Caio Magalhaes to a unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Nick Ring in an undercard duel at 185 pounds. Magalhaes (7-1, 2-1 UFC) swept the scorecards by identical 29-28 marks.

Ring (13-3, 3-3 UFC) zipped out to a quick lead with an excellent first round. There, he battered Magalhaes with knees to the body from the Thai plum and mixed in timely takedowns along the way. Ring trapped the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in a mounted crucifix early in round two, only to be reversed as he began to fade.

Magalhaes shut down the Canadian over the final five minutes, as Ring ran out of gas when he needed it most. The 25-year-old Brazilian backed up Ring with punching combinations, sprawled out of telegraphed takedowns and maintained positional control en route to a second consecutive victory.

Scoggins Stops Vaculik in Near-Flawless Debut

American Top Team’s Justin Scoggins steamrolled “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” graduate Richie Vaculik, stopping the Australian on first-round punches in a preliminary flyweight encounter. Vaculik (9-2, 0-1 UFC) succumbed to unanswered punches 4:43 into round one, his five-fight winning streak a thing of the past.

Scoggins (8-0, 1-0 UFC) was on point from the start. The 21-year-old South Carolinian scored with a pair of takedowns, floored Vaculik with a sneaky right hook and gave the Aussie precious little room to breathe. Scoggins eventually advanced to full mount, transitioned to Vaculik’s back on a scramble, flattened him out and finished it with repeated punches to the head.

Undefeated Jotko Outduels Santos

Cleaner standup and strong defensive grappling carried Polish prospect Krzysztof Jotko to a unanimous decision over Bellator MMA veteran Bruno Santos in an undercard clash at 185 pounds. All three judges scored it for Jotko (14-0, 1-0 UFC): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

Santos (13-1, 0-1 UFC) followed a familiar game plan, as he tried to grind down the 24-year-old Pole with a suffocating clinch. Jotko stayed patient and waited for the openings to present themselves. In the second round, he knocked down Santos with a short left hand in what turned out to be the most meaningful exchange between the two Octagon rookies.

Santos put Jotko in danger in round three, where he struck for a double-leg takedown and transitioned to his back, briefly fishing for a rear-naked choke. However, the game Jotko sprang the reversal into top position and closed the final frame with elbow-laden ground-and-pound.

Garcia Uppercut Dispatches Wall

Tristar Gym export Alex Garcia wiped out “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” alum Ben Wall with a ringing right uppercut and follow-up punches in a preliminary welterweight scrap. Wall (7-1-1, 0-1 UFC) met his end 43 seconds into round one, as he was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten in decisive fashion.

Garcia (11-1, 1-0 UFC) put his hands on the Australian early and often. He sent Wall to his knees with a perfectly placed uppercut, drove him to the canvas with a subsequent left and polished him off with another right. The 26-year-old Dominican has won five consecutive fights, four of them first-round finishes.


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