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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Ref miscue kills JEWELS main event
JEWELS had the latest Shinjuku FACE show Friday in front of a capacity crowd of 762 fans. The ROUGH STONE tournaments concluded but the main event had Sally Krumdiack against Saori Ishioka. Unfortunately the ref stopped the match in error at 2:45 of round one. Ishioka was declared the winner. But according to Sally's trainer Charlie Pearson, the match will be declared a no contest and there will be a rematch. So what happened? Ishioka got Sally in an armbar. In Japan, the ref will yell "GIVE UP?" periodically. Someone should have told Sally that if she wants to continue, she's supposed to say "NO". Instead she said "I'M OK" and the ref misinterpreted that as a submission. Oh well. As you can see in the pic, Sally was shocked. But she'll get a rematch. The semi-main was the Shoot Boxing match with Karate Girl from the pro wrestling company SMASH (formerly HUSTLE) winning over ASAKO. But JEWELS matchmaker credited the appearance of Karate Girl drawing the capacity crowd. More on this later.
Asami Kodera won the 48kg ROUGH STONE tournament over Kikuyo Ishikawa by unanimous decision. Kodera's grappling skills allowed her to dominate Ishikawa with several takedowns and some ground and pound. But she wasn't able to finish her off. Kodera has won a couple of SMACKGIRL grappling tournaments. Mika Nagano won the 54kg ROUGH STONE tournament over Yuko Kagoshima with an armbar at 3:56 of round two. Nagano used her formidable wrestling skills and quickness to dominate Kagoshima. Kagoshima's attempts to keep the fight standing didn't work out very well. Alexandra Sanchez won the 60kg ROUGH STONE tournament over pro wrestler Tomoko Morii with an armbar at 3:39 of round one. Sanchez stunned Morii with strikes. Morii unsuccessfully attempted a takedown but knee attacks took all the fight out of Morii and Sanchez won easily.
Shizuka Sugiyama bounced back from her loss to Sanchez with a unanimous decision over debuting shoot boxer KO Ozeki. Sugiyama went to her ground game in round two to get the easy win. Women's MMA pioneer Mari Kaneko returned to MMA after a four year absence with a unanimous decision over Rina Tomita. Kaneko was dominant on the ground. Fuuka Misaki won over Akiko Inoue by unanimous decision. Bikini model Inoue was returning to MMA after a four year absense and a Zendokai karate tournament win in October. Misaki dominated round one and Inoue survived despite running out of gas. Arm wrestling champ Yoko Yamada won by unanimous decision over the debuting MIYOKO. As I said, Saeki credited Karate Girl as a draw. You may have heard that the pro wrestling company HUSTLE will become SMASH and will have pro wrestling, MMA and kickboxing divisions. Don't know what their plans are yet but Saeki wants to work with them in the future. JEWELS has five shows planned for 2010 with the next show on Mar. 19 at Shinuku FACE. But the big news is they plan to run Korakuen Hall on Dec. 17. They had better have Megumi Fujii on the show if they want to fill that joint.