Friday, July 13, 2012
JEWELS fighter Saori Ishioka to marry and expecting first child
The last time we saw JEWELS fighter Saori Ishioka, she submitted WINDY Tomomi at WINDY's retirement match on the Mar. 11 PANCRASE show. Ishioka announced today that she is getting married tomorrow and will give birth to her first child in the spring of 2013. Ishioka was born Sept. 13, 1987 in Hiroshima. She trains at Zendokai in Koganei and her specialty is karate. She made her MMA debut losing to Kyoko Takabayashi on the Mar. 11, 2007 SMACKGIRL show. When SMACKGIRL became JEWELS in 2008, Ishioka was sold as a future star. Her record is 12-7 but losses in important matches and mediocre performances have relegated her to the midcard. In other words, she's a good fighter but not a great fighter. Things came to a head when Ishioka lost to Sakura Nomura in the first round of the JEWELS Lightweight Championship tournament on July 31, 2010. Ishioka said on her blog that she was taking time off and was considering retirement. She returned in October but has had a 3-2 record since then. She met her future husband at Zendokai and he is much older than her. The wedding is tomorrow. Ishioka said she was very happy to get that last fight in a few months ago. She says she plans to return to MMA and hopes to be ready for the July 2013 JEWELS show. Because her husband trains too, he wants her to return. That's not always the case in Japan. Plenty of female fighters retire when they get married. Congratulations to Saori Ishioka on her marriage and pregnancy and all fans look forward to seeing you return to JEWELS next year.