UFC veteran Takeya Mizugaki last competed at Rizin 18 in August of 2019, losing to Manel Kape by second round knockout in a bout that would turn out to be the final fight of his professional MMA career.
That’s because Mizugaki has announced his retirement from professional MMA competition, acknowledging that retirement on Twitter after a story came out on MMA Planet:
Google Translate provided the following translation of what Mizugaki said on Twitter:
“Thank you very much! ! It was the best! !”
Mizugaki (23-14-2) won a total of eight fights in the UFC, with notable victories coming over Bryan Caraway, Erik Perez, Nam Phan and Francisco Rivera. Mizugaki also spent some time competing in the WEC, picking up wins over fellow UFC veterans Jeff Curran and Rani Yahya. Mizugaki will finish his professional MMA career with twenty three wins, with seventeen of them coming by way of decision. Mizugaki, who left the UFC in 2017, won just two of his last five fights before retiring from pro MMA competition.