UFC Veteran Takeya Mizugaki to Clash with Pietro Menga at ACB 87 on May 19

By: Tristen Critchfield
Mar 21, 2018

A bantamweight tilt between Takeya Mizugaki and Pietro Menga is on tap for Absolute Championship Berkut 87 on May 19.

Promotion officials recently announced the matchup. ACB 87 takes place at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England and will also include a middleweight clash between Scott Askham and Ibragim Chuzhigaev as well as a featherweight bout pitting Robert Whiteford against Kane Mousah.

Mizugaki has fallen on hard times of late, losing six of his last seven fights. That skid includes back-to-back losses to Murad Kalamov and Rustam Kerimov under the ACB banner. The 34-year-old Japanese veteran compiled an 8-6 mark in the UFC from 2011 to 2016 that included triumphs over the likes of Bryan Caraway, Nam Phan, Francisco Rivera and Erik Perez.

Menga, meanwhile, is moving to bantamweight from flyweight after signing a multi-fight contract with ACB. The 30-year-old Manchester, England, has finished 11 of his 13 professional triumphs inside the distance, including a 41-second knockout win over Spencer Hewitt at Bellator 158 in July 2016.

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