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 17, 2011
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Lisa Ward confirmed as Mar. 11 JEWELS main event
A couple of days ago, I reported exclusively that Lisa Ward is set to face JEWELS Lightweight Champ Ayaka Hamasaki on the Mar. 11 Shinjuku FACE show. And I also reported that British fighter Danielle West will face the Mongolian Esui. JEWELS announced both matches and a couple more. They were just waiting for Bellator to approve Lisa and Bellator was doing their usual foot dragging. Ward vs Hamasaki is a non-title match and West vs Esui is contracted for 65kg. Both matches will be under JEWELS special rules meaning standard MMA rules including unlimited ground and pound. In a match contracted for 62kg and in her final match before leaving for Australia, Shizuka Sugiyama will face Super Benkei. Super Benkei trains at Gamurannac. Her record is 5-8 and her last fight was a loss to Iris on the Nov. 28 VALKYRIE show. And in a match contracted for 52kg, Rina Tomita will face Sadae Manhoef. Tomita trains at AACC. Her record is 3-5 and her last fight was a win over Jeannette Hinz at the Dec. 11 MMA Berlin show. Sadae Manhoef is the ringname for Sadae Suzumura. She trains at Cobra Kai. According to Sherdog, she fought KO Ozeki to a draw at the Oct. 18, 2009 DEEP show in Nagoya. I think it may have been an exhibition match. Frequently we don't get enough detail from Japanese websites and amateur or exhibition matches are mistaken for pro matches. The fact that it was a draw is a tipoff that it may have been an exhibition match. So this match is likely Sadae Manhoef's pro debut. And as you can see, the poster for the show is now out.