Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso Slated For UFC in Japan

Bantamweight fight added to UFC 144 prelim card

A bantamweight bout between Takeya Mizugaki and Chris Cariaso has been added to the UFC 144 preliminary card.

MMAWeekly.com reported the planned matchup on Monday afternoon.

UFC 144 takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on February 26th. It’s headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson.

Mizugaki, born in Ibaragi, last appeared on a Japanese fight card in 2008 for Cage Force. He was signed by Zuffa afterwards and made his WEC debut in a title fight against then-bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres. He defeated Cole Escovedo by TKO in his last bout at UFC 135.

Cariaso made appearances for Strikeforce from 2007-2008 before being signed by Zuffa. He last appeared at UFC 138, defeating Vaughn Lee by split decision.