Sunday, July 22, 2012

VV Mei wins, wants JEWELS Lightweight Championship shot

At yesterday's JEWELS show at Differ Ariake, VV Mei had a tough time with Emi Tomimatsu but ultimately won a unanimous decision. The first round was probably even. Neither of them did much. There were some tentative kicks and jockeying for position in the clinch. A takedown with time running out probably didn't help Tomimatsu. Mei won the second round with an armbar attempt followed by a mount. It wasn't a dominant win but it was enough. Afterwards, Mei asked for a shot at Ayaka Hamasaki's JEWELS Lightweight Championship. JEWELS matchmaker Yasuko Mogi said a contender tournament could happen in October with Mei, Mika Nagano and Emi Fujino and one other fighter. The winner gets a title shot in December. She also said she doesn't know if the December show will be in a cage. In her first match since returning from Australia, Shizuka Sugiyama won by split decision over Megumi Yabushita. It looks like Yabushita won round one. She caught a Sugiyama front kick and dropped her on her back and tried for a choke. Sugiyama came back in the second round and scored with punches and a takedown. She won by split decision but probably didn't win convincingly enough for anyone to think she should fight at a higher level. Former VALKYRIE Flyweight Champion Yasuko Tamada did win convincingly over Naoko Omuro. She controlled her on the ground in round one. This continued in round two until she won with an armbar at 1:05 of round two. Tamada may be looking at another shot at Sugi Rock's JEWELS Flyweight Championship. Satomi Takano won her MMA debut over Yukiko Seki by unanimous decision in dominating fashion especially on her feet. She was much quicker than Seki and then controlled her on the ground too. That was it for pro MMA. Most of the rest of the show was amateur kickboxing. Yawn!

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