Mizugaki returns to WEC Aug. 9 to face Curran

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified by the World Extreme Cagefighting organization on Monday that Japanese MMA fighter Takeya Mizugaki (11-3-2) will return to the WEC cage on Aug. 9, 2009 to face veteran Jeff Curran (31-11-1) at “WEC: Torres vs. Bowles” at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mizugaki, a Shooto veteran, proved his mettle to American MMA fans in April in his WEC debut when he took bantamweight champion and number one ranked bantamweight in the world Miguel Torres the five-round limit. Mizugaki lost the unanimous decision against Torres but let it be known a new bantamweight was in town to contend with.

MIzugaki commented on his anticipated return to the WEC through translator Shu Hirata, “I love the American fans and I want to come up with a good result this time. I want to show the fans here and in Japan that I belong in the WEC, where the world’s best competition in MMA is being held.”

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: Jeff Curran

PRO MMA (promma.info) recently spoke to Jeff Curran (29-10-1), one of the WEC’s top fighters who will be in Chicago this Sunday night, April 5th, at WEC 40: TORRES vs. MIZUGAKI, taking on Joseph Benavidez.

Jeff talks about his training leading up to this fight, how he plans to deal with Benavidez, and how the bad blood between he and WEC Bantamweight Champion, Miguel Torres, got started.

The “Big Frog” also lets us know how he got that nickname and opens up about his relationship and feelings regarding the late Charles Lewis Jr. a.k.a. “Mask” from Tapout. Jeff even lets us in on his secret workout music that really pumps him up and prepares him for battle. You may be surprised.

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Jeff Curran and Joseph Benavidez plan to steal show in Chicago

Bantamweight contenders, Jeff Curran and Joseph Benavidez will face off in Chicago on Sunday, April 5th, as the co-main event to WEC 40’s Torres vs. Mizugaki. Curran and Benavidez will be fighting to stay alive in the hunt for a WEC Bantamweight Title shot. Ranked as a number seven featherweight, Curran a.k.a. “Big Frog”, is dropping to bantamweight’s 135 pound division after giving up two straight at 145 pounds. A win for Benavidez would give him ten straight victories with no defeats and bring that WEC title shot within reach. PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following press release on Monday describing this WEC Bantamweight match-up.

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