Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
V1 is the new VALKYRIE Featherweight Champion
This afternoon's VALKYRIE show at Differ Ariake was headlined by Yuka Tsuji defending her VALKYRIE Featherweight Championship against V1. Of course Tsuji is a legend in Japan with only one loss in her career so I don't think anyone expected an upset. But it's not like V1 is not a qualified fighter. She has a 6-2 record and she does come from the famous wrestling program at Chukyo University. But Tsuji had beaten her before. But V1 not only won but won in a shocking upset. They were trading blows. V1 stuffed an attempted takedown. Then she backed Tsuji into the cage with a straight right. Tsuji fired back but V1 landed a left hook that stunned Tsuji. She got behind her and applied a rear naked choke and it was all over in 1:16 of round one. No one was more shocked than V1. First she paid tribute to Tsuji and described her victory as a generational changing of the guard. She said that now she wants to fight either Megumi Fujii or MIKU. But Tsuji isn't going anywhere so I expect a rematch. And for those saying that it ruins Tsuji vs Fujii, that wasn't going to happen anyway. Maybe a little redemption will put the fire back in Tsuji.
The other big story on this show was the start of a VALKYRIE Flyweight Championship tournament. Match number one was Naoko Omuro vs Yoko Takagi. Omuro is a southpaw so that makes her tough to handle. They exchange blows and Omuro stuffs Takagi's attempted takedown and mounts her and pounds her. She shifts to an atmbar at the end of round one. Round two is more of the same as Omuro controls the match. Takagi tries some kicks in round three but the result is the same. Omuro can't finish her but she wins by decision. The other tournament match had Yasuko Tamada vs Happy Fukuko. Similar type of match. Tamada is much stronger and Fukuko can't do anything with her. It looks like it's over in round three when Tamada gets a rear naked choke against the cage. But Fukuko does escape and Tamada wind by unanimous decision. The title match will be on the next VALKYRIE show.
In other matches, veterans WINDY Tomomi and Masako Yoshida faced off. Reportedly a very entertaining match as one would expect. But WINDY uses her punching power is for the most part is able to avoid Yoshida's ground game. WINDY wins by unanimous decision. The undefeated Rin Nakai (pictured) faced Mizuho Sato. As you can see, Nakai has been pumping major iron. Sato pushes Nakai into the cage but Nakai is way too strong and knocks her down and Sato assumes the turtle position while Nakai pounds her. More of the same in round two as Sato assumes the turtle position a couple of times. Nakai finshes her with an armlock at 1:50 of round three. SACHI suffered a broken ankle in training. So Hiroko Kitamura filled in to fight sakura. Kitamura controlled the match and pounded sakura relentlessly until the ref stopped the fight for punches 2:57 of round two. And Megumi Morioka pounded Mamiko Mizoguchi until the fight was stopped at 1:27 of round one.