Thursday, February 06, 2014

Mika Nagano married and pregnant, retirement match canceled

On her 30th birthday in late December, DEEP JEWELS fighter Mika Nagano announced her plan to retire from MMA. An exhibition match against the returning Saori Ishioka was announced for the Feb. 16 DEEP JEWELS show at Shinjuku FACE. A few days ago, DEEP JEWELS announced that Nagano is pregnant and the retirement match is off. The retirement ceremony will go on. Today, Nagano announced that she was secretly married in late December. She apologized for the confusion caused by her own carelessness. I think she planned to announce her marriage at her retirement show but the pregnancy changed the situation. Japan is still a parochial society and children born outside of marriage is still frowned upon. So now Mika has clarified her situation. Somebody asked me if I thought DEEP JEWELS would use this to spike ticket sales. Though nothing DEEP JEWELS matchmaker Shigeru Saeki would do would surprise me, I don't think he did that in this case. He wanted to reintroduce Saori Ishioka after two years off to have a baby and now he won't be able to do that. DEEP JEWELS has offered refunds to those who request it. The retirement ceremony will probably be worth seeing for most fans.

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