Takeya Mizugaki dominated Jeff Hougland in their UFC Macao main card fight for a unanimous decision win on Saturday.
Mizugaki controlled his opponent, leaving little doubt in the judges minds with scores of 30-25, 30-27 and 30-27.
After an initial eye poke by Hougland, Mizugaki got the fight to the ground and worked from within his opponent's guard. Hougland attempted submissions from his back, but Mizugaki stayed active with strikes and avoided danger. Hougland defended from his back through the end of the round, giving Mizugaki the edge in the first.
Mizugaki continued his press in the second round, bringing the fight to the ground and working in the guard. Armbar attempts by Hougland were met by stiff defense. A brief return to the feet due to the referee standing the fighters up had the two exchange punches, but the fight quickly went back to the ground where Mizugaki continued to pound away, scoring points to the end of the round.
Hougland ate a heavy strike early in the third, but scored a big takedown right after. Mizugaki quickly stood back up, but his opponent pulled guard and brought the fight to the floor. Mizugaki was less active this time on the ground, and the referee stood them up once again. Hougland's takedown attempts were halted, and Mizugaki controlled his opponent through to the end of the round.
Mizugaki is back on the winning track after losing his last outing to Chris Cariaso. Hougland losses his second consecutive fight.
Erik Fontanez is an MMA writer and reporter for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow Erik on Twitter at @Erik_Fontanez