Friday, June 07, 2013

VV Mei vs Lorena Klijn set for June 23 SHOOT BOXING show

VV Mei, Lorena Klijn
I've known about this for a few weeks but SHOOT BOXING announced today that MMA fighter and former VALKYRIE champ VV Mei will face Dutch kickboxer Lorena Klijn on the June 23 Korakuen Hall show. I expect the complete lineup for August's Girls S-Cup tournament to be announced after this show. This is a rematch from last year's Girls S-Cup. Lorena beat Erika Kamimura in the first round. But VV Mei tossed Lorena around like a sack of potatoes to win the next round. SHOOT BOXING owner Takeshi Caesar is trying to sell Lorena as a gold old fashioned monster gaijin heel to threaten his poster girl RENA. RENA and Lorena both appeared on the Apr. 20 show. And at the press conference before the show, Lorena screamed at RENA. RENA did not respond. For this monster heel strategy to be effective, Lorena needed to win convincingly over Miyo Yoshida on the Apr. 20 show. It didn't happen. Lorena had trouble with Miyo and won a majority decision. One of the judges scored it a draw. I'm sure Lorena is having trouble with the nuances of SHOOT BOXING but she trains with Andy Souwer who is an experienced shoot boxer. She must be better prepared or she will lose to VV Mei and Caesar's plan will go up in smoke. Mei said she saw Lorena's recent match and says she looks the same as she did when they fought last year. Of course Lorena just wants to avenge the loss. She says she will beat up RENA regardless. This is why gaijin kickboxers don't do well at Shoot Boxing. They don't learn the non-kickboxing elements because they don't think they need to. It gives a big edge to Shoot Boxing regulars like RENA and accomplished MMA fighters like VV Mei. There will also be two matches for the teen Girls S-Cup on this show but those matches haven't been announced yet.

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