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Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/15

George Roop vs. Takeya Mizugaki

MMA: Sunday, September 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Saitama Super Arena)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 1

Takeya Mizugaki and George Roop fight Saturday night at Saitama Super Arena during UFC Fight Night.

Takeya Mizugaki enters this fight with a 20-9-2 record and has won 70 percent of his fights by decision. Mizugaki has split his last four fights and is coming off a April loss to Aljamain Sterling. Mizugaki is averaging 3.26 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36.7 percent. Mizugaki is averaging 1.59 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 58.9 percent. Mizugaki is one of the more balanced fighters in UFC, as he can do a little bit of everything pretty well. Mizugaki is defending nearly 70 percent of his takedowns and is an aggressive striker with five knockouts. Unfortunately, Mizugaki has been knocked out and lost by submission in his last two bouts, so he can be real confident. This will be Mizugaki’s 18th fight in Japan, his home country.

Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/15

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George Roop enters this fight with a 15-12-1 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by decision. Roop has split his last 10 fights and is coming off a 2014 loss to Rob Font. Roop is averaging 3.45 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 33.5 percent. Roop is averaging 1.15 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 63.1 percent. Roop isn’t an accurate striker but is defending 62 percent of his strikes and has four knockouts under his belt. Roop’s height at 6’1” and long reach makes him effective standing up, and he can hit his opponent without threat of a counter. Roop is a slow fighter and has been knocked out four times in his career. This is Roop’s first fight in Japan and third fight out of the United States.

Neither of these fighters are in great form. However, Roop struggles against smaller, quicker fighters and that’s exactly what Mizugaki is. Also, Mizugaki has lost just three career fights in Japan, his home.

Mizugaki gets the win here.

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