Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com is reporting that the UFC is planning a big bantamweight contest for UFC 202 as Cody Garbrandt is being lined up to face Takeya Mizugaki.
UFC 202 will be held on August 20, 2016 at T-Mobile Arenain Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event is expected to be headlined by a welterweight rematch between The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner and former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz and current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor.
Helwani is reporting that according to his sources, the ‘UFC is working on finalizing Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki for the Aug. 20 card however nothing is official as of yet’.
Garbrandt (9-0 MMA) is coming off the biggest win of his career, a first round KO win over Brazilian prospect Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29, 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Garbrandt also earned a ‘Performance of the Night’ post fight bonus for his efforts.
Mizugaki (21-9-2 MMA) snapped a two fight losing streak in his most previous bout, a unanimois decision win over George Roop at UFC Fight Night 75 on September 27, 2015 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Prior to the win, Mizugaki dropped a TKO loss to now UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and was submitted by Aljamain Sterling at UFC on Fox 15.
UFC 202 currently looks like this:
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
Thiago Alves vs. Al Iaquinta
CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall