KING Reina, a.k.a. Reina Miura, is getting a lot of attention in Japan.
Its not just because she is undefeated at 5-0 but also KING Reina is an interesting character to the Japanese fans.
Miura wears cloak with the crown on her head, like the KING, yet she carries a teddy bear. A stuffed animal. Also, with candy in her mouth, Miura likes to make obnoxious and over-confident remarks.
She is now one of the best box office draws in the Japanese MMA and that is probably why Miura is fighting in DEEP 79.
From the very beginning, DEEP head Shigeru Saeki was saying that Miura is “an extraordinarily talent.”
But you have to wonder how good she really is.
She has a solid record in judo. There is no doubt about that. Placed third in the nationals when she was in high school. Also Miura was the winner of 2015 President Putin Cup All Japan Sambo Championships at 68 kg & under.
However, although she is talking about fighting Ronda Rousey, Miura never made 135 lbs.
In the only amateur MMA fight she had, which was signed at the bantamweight, Miura didn’t even came close to making 61 kg.
She is 5 feet 3 inches and talking about beating Rousey yet Miura was over 70 kg.
So DEEP decided to be considerate, since Miura is a good looking prospect, and set up her pro debut fight at 75 kg & under which is 165 lbs. Miura passed at 70.8 kg. (156.08 lbs)
And since then, all of her fights were around at 155 lbs & under. No signs of dropping down to 135 lbs at all.
Maybe Miura decided to be number one at women’s lightweight division since there aren’t many competitions at that weight class.
Face it, Miura has been fighting only novices when it comes to MMA except the fight against Shayna Bazler.
But that fight was held at 155 lbs & under. Baszler fought at 135 lbs & under in the UFC. Also, Baszler sort of retired from MMA in 2015 and she has been active in the pro-wrestling circuit. When Baszler fought Miura in February 0f 2017, almost two years after her last UFC fight, she was not exactly in training to perform in the MMA fight.
Besides this fight against Baszler, its fair to say that Miura has been protected against lesser opponent and pampered in terms of her weight.
This is same for her upcoming fight in DEEP 79.
Miura is taking on Young Ji Kim from Korea and this time at 73 kg (160 lbs) & under. And of course, Kim is 0-0 in pro MMA.
Yet Miura is quite popular in Japan so more than handful of fans would probably buy tickets for this just because she will be fighting in the cage for the first time.
Yes, first time in the cage. Its going to be the historical day for KING Miura fans.
DEEP 79 IMPACT
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
At Ota-Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 14:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP Strawweight Title Match 5 min / 3R
- Kanta “Kan” Sato (Japan / Grappling Shoot Boxers) vs Haruo Ochi (Japan / Paraestra Ehime)
Featherweight Bout 5 minn/ 3R
- DJ taiki (Japan / Pancrase-ism Yokohama) vs Takahiro Ashida (Japan / BRAVE)
- Youichiro Sato(Japan / Macao Jiu-jitsu Academy) vs Yoshiyuki “Nagisa” Katahira (Japan / Pancrase-ism Yokohama)
- Takuya “Kennnosuke” Oyama (Japan / INFIGHT JAPAN) vs “Gotohei” Narita(Japan / GRABAKA)
Women’s 55 kg & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
- Kanako Murata(Japan / Independent) vs Yukari Nabe (Japan / Paraestara Kashiwa)
Women’s 73 Kg & Under bout 5 min / 3R
- KING Reina(Japan / FIGHT CLUB 428) vs Young Ji Kim (Korea / TEAM J – ROAD FC)
- Hiroyuki Kobayashi(Japan / T-BLOOD) vs Chiaki Wakana (Japan / Ranger Gym)
- Makoto Takahashi(Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Yuto Nakamori (Japan / Grappling Shoot Boxers)
- Yusuke Matsubayashi (Japan / INFIGHT JAPAN) vs Abby Kimura (Paraestra Chiba)
- Takashi Ono(Japan / GRABAKA) vs CORO (Japan / K-Clann)
- Chikara Shimabukuro (Japan / CORE Ouji Toshima) vs Haruki Nakayama (Japan / K-Clann)
- Ken Hamamura (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Yasuaki Miura(Japan / Zendokai)
- Nao Yoneda(Japan / D＋) vs Teruhiko Kubo (Japan / Zendokai)
- Yoshihiko Shinzato(Japan / Independent) vs Kiichi Hasegawa (Japan / Reversal Gym Tachikawa ALPHA)
- Emi Fujino(Japan / FIGHT FARM)
- Tatsuya Mizuno(Japan / Independent)
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)