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Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso Set for UFC 144

Chris CariasoJapanese bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki is slated to meet Chris Cariaso on the UFC 144 fight card on February 26 in Saitama, Japan, MMA Weekly reports.

Mizugaki (15-6-2) returned to the win column with a second-round TKO of Cole Escovedo at UFC 135 in September and has alternated wins and losses in his eight fights between the UFC and WEC. Cariaso (12-3) also improved to 2-3 inside the Octagon with a decision win over Vaughn Lee at UFC 138 earlier this month following a narrow loss to Michael McDonald in May.

UFC 144, which airs as a regular UFC pay-per-view on Feb. 25 in the U.S., is headlined by UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson and also includes Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis, Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt, and Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski.

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Pictured: Chris Cariaso


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