Main Event | WEC Bantamweight Championship | 135 lbs
Miguel Torres defeats Takeya Mizugaki via 5 Round Decision
|36-1-0||Pro Record At Fight||11-2-2||Climbed to 37-1||Record After Fight||Fell to 11-3|
|-1000 (Huge Favorite)||Betting Odds||+575 (Heavy Underdog)|
|East Chicago, Indiana||Fighting out of||Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|28 years, 2 months, 4 days||Age at Fight||25 years, 3 months, 6 days|
|135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs)|
|5'9" (176cm)||Height||5'7" (171cm)|
|72.0" (183cm)||Reach||69.5" (177cm)|
|Torres Martial Arts Academy||Gym||Shooting Gym Hakkei|
- Bout Information
- Event: WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
- Date: Sunday 04.05.2009
- Referee: Marc Wasem
- Venue: UIC Pavilion
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
- TV Commentary: Todd Harris, Frank Mir
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Todd Harris
- Torres Total Disclosed Pay: $10,000
- Mizugaki Total Disclosed Pay: $10,000
- Title on Line: WEC Bantamweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Torres
Torres vs. Mizugaki Wiki Update Wiki
After defending the title twice in emphatic fashion and sporting a stellar record of 36-1, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres was the unquestioned king of the weight class. When Japanese import Takeya Mizugaki made the walk to the cage in the main event of WEC 40, he did so as a -1000 underdog, but that didn’t stop him from giving Torres the toughest fight of his title reign to date.
Having displayed both his technical proficiency on the ground as well as serious knockout power on the feet, Torres appeared to have no weakness heading into the fight. If he wanted to keep the fight on the feet, he would utilize his superior reach and timing to get the job done. If the fighters went to the ground, he would tie Mizugaki into a knot within thirty seconds. At least, that’s what the general pre-fight perception was.
For his part, Mizugaki ended up faring much better in the cage than many of his Japanese countrymen had, having gained experience in cage fights during his time with the GCM in Japan. In addition, his iron jaw, physical strength, and mental toughness proved to be the right recipe to give Torres all he could handle, and the fight of his career.
Throughout the five-round title fight, Mizugaki continuously forced Torres on the defensive. He took all of the champion’s best punches and kicks as he closed the distance time and time again, forcing the contest against the cage, where his superior size and strength gave him an edge. In what was by far the toughest fight of his career, Torres was forced to dig deep, winging vicious elbows at Mizugaki when the fighters separated and scoring bruising combinations with knees and punches to the body and head throughout the fight. It was a bruising in-and-out battle with a relentless pace.
Ultimately, Torres retained his title with scores of 49-46 (twice) and 48-47, although some fans felt that Mizugaki has done enough to earn the belt. In addition to being his most entertaining title defense, the fight with Mizugaki would also be Torres’s last successful title defense, as he lost the belt to Brian Bowles four months later.
Videos & Highlights
Promo Video | Torres vs. Mizugaki Preview Video by WEC report dead link
The WEC previews the Torres vs Mizugaki title fight at WEC 40.
Video Blog | "Miguel Torres: Behind the Mullet, Part 3" by WEC report dead link
The WEC looks at the lead up to Miguel Torres's title defense against Takeya Mizugaki in the amusingly titled "Beyond the Mullet" series. Part 3.
Video Blog | "Miguel Torres: Behind the Mullet, Part 2" by WEC report dead link
The WEC looks at the lead up to Miguel Torres's title defense against Takeya Mizugaki in the amusingly titled "Beyond the Mullet" series. Part 2.
Video Blog | "Miguel Torres: Behind the Mullet, Part 1" by WEC report dead link
The WEC looks at the lead up to Miguel Torres's title defense against Takeya Mizugaki in the amusingly titled "Beyond the Mullet" series. Part 1.