Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ayaka Hamasaki successfully defends JEWELS Lightweight Championship

JEWELS held their year end show yesterday in the cage at Differ Ariake. The main event had Ayaka Hamasaki defending her JEWELS Lightweight Championship against Emi Fujino. The only way Fujino was going to win this fight was to win decisively. I didn't see that happening and it didn't. She is a good enough fighter to lose a competitive unanimous decision. She scored with punches and got a guillotine choke on Hamasaki. Hamasaki said the guillotine was not applied properly but she knew it looked bad to the judges. So from that point, she took control and retained her title by unanimous decision. In the semi, MIZUKI beat Korean Song Kyung Ho with an armbar at 2:14 of round two. Song caught MIZUKI off guard with aggressive strikes. But MIZUKI kept her cool and took control. This girl is very talented. Mika Nagano beat Rina Tomita with an armbar at 2:12 of round one. It was Tomita's retirement match. As you may know, she had cancer a couple of years ago. The retirement ceremony included Megumi Fujii and Tomita's parents. Former California high school wrestling champ Jade Marie Anderson won her MMA debut over women's MMA pioneer Megumi Yabushita by unanimous decision. Jade lives in Korea and is a teammate of Ham Seo Hee. Yabushita can't fight anymore and should quit. Yasuko Tamada won over Satomi Takano by unanimous decision. Kikuyo Ishikawa won over Tomo Maesawa by unanimous decision. Keiko Tomita beat JEWELS matchmaker Yasuko Mogi by TKO at 20 sec of round two. Mogi missed weight and was penalized with a red card. It didn't matter. She has always been a terrible fighter and should stop fighting. Stick to matchmaking. Celine Haga won over Miyoko by unanimous decision. Mina Kurobe beat Naomi Taniyama by rear naked choke at 1:55 of round two. Yurika Tanaka won over Rei Fukui by arm triangle choke at 1:22 of round two. And Naoko Omuro had her exhibition match with Hisae Watanabe and retired. Roxanne Modafferi vs Shizuka Sugiyama was cancelled when Roxanne injured her neck. It turns out she has a hernia. That ain't good.

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