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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Megumi Fujii returns to JEWELS on July 9 show
Mika Nagano, Megumi Fujii
JEWELS held a press conference today at the DEEP dojo to add more matches to the July 9 Shinjuku FACE show. The big news is that Megumi Fujii will return to JEWELS for the first time in two years. Her opponent will be Mika Nagano who lost to Megumi in her MMA debut back in 2007. JEWELS is trying to sell this as a main event quality match. It would be except they are choosing to present this match under the limited JEWELS rules instead of standard MMA rules. So it's limited ground and pound. Megumi told Sherdog's Tony Loiseleur that she was told there are too many standard MMA rules matches on the show already. Baloney! There is also a rumour that Mika Nagano doesn't like fighting by standard MMA rules and she is a favourite of JEWELS matchmaker Shigeru Saeki. But the correct answer is that Saeki is a stupid old fart who needs to get his head out of his ass. Of course Megumi is the head trainer at AACC. Her record is 23-1 and her last fight was a unanimous decision win over Emi Fujino on the Dec. 30 Sengoku show. Mika trains at CORE. Her record is 8-4 and her last fight was a win over Emi Murata on the May 14 JEWELS show. She is also a pro wrestler for STARDOM. Has Mika Nagano improved enough to beat Megumi Fujii? Very doubtful. But I'm sure Yuka Tsuji will be watching very closely. They also added two JEWELS vs VALKYRIE matches. Celine will face Kyoko Takabayashi and Kikuyo Ishikawa will face SACHI. Celine trains at Team Hellboy Hansen in Norway and trains at AACC when she is in Japan. Her record is 1-7 and her last match was a TKO loss to Simona Soukupova on the on the Nov. 20 ECFF show in Norwich, England. Takabayashi trains at ALIVE. Her record is 11-4-1 and she fought to a draw on her last fight against VV Mei on the Nov. 28 VALKYRIE show. Many observers believe she was robbed. Takabayashi is more experienced than Celine but her matches usually go to a decision and that gives Celine the opportunity to steal one from her. Takabayashi's inability to finish matches has cost her before. Ishikawa trains at Reversal in Yokohama. Her record is 4-2 and her last match was a win over Yukiko Seki on the Dec. 17 JEWELS show. SACHI trains at Zendokai. Her record is 8-4-1 and her last fight was a win over MIYOKO on the May 14 JEWELS show. SACHI has a big edge in experience and should be the favourite. These two matches will be under special JEWELS rules. In a match contracted for 48kg, MIYOKO will face Yuka Okumura. MIYOKO trains at Grabaka. Her record is 2-3 and her last match was a loss to SACHI on the May 14 JEWELS show. Okumura trains at Soul Fighters. Her record is 1-7 and her last match was a loss to Yukiko Seki at the May 14 JEWELS show. This was her return to MMA after a four year break. They also added a couple of kickboxing matches with Miku Hayashi vs anna and Chikako WSR vs Hanako Nakamori. She is the pro wrestler formerly known as Hanako Kobayashi. She and her pal Tomoko Morii have done MMA in the past. Hanako changed her name when Ito Dojo closed at the end of 2010. The two do pro wrestling for JWP but train for MMA at Fight Chix. Morii has worked for the J-Girls kickboxing company so I think we'll see her in JEWELS at some point. And for those who asked, Ayaka Hamasaki is injured and won't be on this show.