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UFC 135: Cole Escovedo vs Takeya Mizugaki booked for Sept. 24 in Denver


A bantamweight battle is headed for the thin air of "The Mile High City."

That's because 135-pound scrappers Cole Escovedo and Takeya Mizugaki have verbally agreed to get busy at the upcoming UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage" event on Sept. 24, 2011, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. announced the accord a short time ago.

Escovedo has been bouncing around divisions as of late, settling in at bantamweight for his Octagon debut back on May 28 in Las Vegas.

He was dispatched by Renan Barao via unanimous decision but still holds a certain marketability as the very first featherweight champion in WEC history (he would eventually lose his title to none other than Urijah Faber).

Mizugaki is a scrappy gamer, who too often falls short when the stakes are raised. In fact, dating back to Dec. 2008, the Japanese import has followed the same pattern of win one, lose one, win one, lose one.

He's good enough to defeat the likes of Masahiro Oishi, Jeff Curran, Rani Yahya and Reuben Duran while he's not quite able to hang with the likes of Miguel Torres, Scott Jorgensen, Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles.

The good news is, he last fight was a loss, which means if his pattern holds true, Escovedo is in trouble. Silly? For sure, but who am I to argue with mathematics?

UFC 135 is all set to pop off at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and will feature the very first title defense of now infamous Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones against former 205-pound kingpin Quinton Jackson.

Also booked for the card is a welterweight war pitting the legendary Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez.

To check out the the latest UFC 135 fight card line up, which is always subject to change, click here.

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