There is a potential bantamweight clash being discussed between former featherweight top contender Jeff Curran (29-11-1) and the man who took 135-pound kingpin Miguel Torres to a five round decision, Takeya Mizugaki (11-3-2), for the WEC 42 event planned for August 2009 according to MMA Fanhouse.
Curran made his bantamweight debut after dropping back-to-back losses in the featherweight division against top dogs Urijah Faber and Mike Thomas Brown.
Unfortunately "The Big Frog" had a very unwelcome reception at 135-pounds from dangerous up-and-comer Joseph Benavidez, who sent the submissions guru to his third straight defeat under the WEC banner after outpointing him for three rounds.
Now he has to turn things around -- and fast -- if he ever wants that shot at bantamweight deity Miguel Torres. Standing in his way is the Japanese import who both surprised and impressed fans with his gritty performance against one of the worlds best.
Priot to his decision loss to Torres, Mizugaki (11-3-2) was riding a five-fight win streak under the Greatest Common Multiple banner over in the land of the rising sun. He’s also a 10-fight veteran of the Shooto promotion, which has also been a breeding ground for other top mixed martial artists such as Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, Shinya Aoki, Anderson Silva, Tatsuya Kawajiri and others.
Mizugaki may not have been able to blow a tire on the Torres war wagon, but his powerful striking and adamantium chin kept fans on the edge of their seats for 25 minutes.
WEC 42 is expected to feature Miguel Torres in the main event, defending his bantamweight title for the fourth time against undefeated "Hard Core" product Brian Bowles this August.
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