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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: Takeya Mizugaki prepares to enter the Octagon before his bantamweight fight against Nam Phan during the UFC Fight Night event at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on December 7, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Same as usual. Kickboxing training at Hekkei Gym. MMA training at Reversal Reversal Ground Slam gym. Wrestling work out with Hosei University wrestling team. Physical strength sessions at Total Body Make. Pilates session with my private instructor, and I also do triathlons to maintain my weight.
When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was in a high school, MMA became very popular in Japan so I wanted to try it after I was done with my school sports.
What ranks and titles have you held? I won a rookie of the year award in Shooto back in 2005, and last year, I won the Cage Force bantamweight tournament.
Do you have any heroes? I respect Chiyonofuji, one of the best grand champions (Yokozuna) in the history of sumo.
What is your favorite technique? Striking, especially punches.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I am honored to be able to fight on the world's best stage, the UFC.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I just got a master's degree in electrical engineering.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was in college, then graduated school while I was fighting in Shooto and Cage Force shows, so I only held a part time jobs working at the gas station.