DEEP announced first set of fight cards for the upcoming DEEP JEWELS 19.
The atomweight champion Mina Kurobe is taking on SARAMI who defeated Tomo Maezawa in the title qualifier took place in December.
This is going to be Kurobe’s second title defense.
Kana Watanabe, who just defeated Shizuka Sugiyama in RIZIN, is going to take on Yukari Nabe.
Just like Watanabe, Nabe is also a former judo-ka turned MMA fighter. She placed eighth in the National High School judo championships, and during her college years, she went to Korea to train judo.
Nabe did lose to Sugiyama and another RIZIN veteran Kanako Murata but defeated Yurika Nakamura in the co-main of DEEP JEWELS 18.
Also, Yuko “Amiba” Oya is making a come back after 20 months of absence from the sport, and she is going to face Hikari from team Philoctetes Niigata. Hikari made a pro debut against Watanabe in DEEP JEWELS. She did come up short in this fight but she is also a seasoned judo-ka with about 15 years of competition experience.
Hikaru Aono, who has won All Japan University wrestling championship, is also on the card.
In her pro MMA debut she lost to Emi Sato via armbar so this is going to be her second pro MMA fight.
Her opponent, Anna Kiriyama, placed third in the All Japan University weight lifting championships, so this is also going to be the battle of two top amateur athletes turned pro MMA fighter.
DEEP JEWELS 19
Saturday, Match 10th, 2018
At Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open –
Fight Starts –
Confirmed Cards (subject to change):
The Main Event – DEEP JEWELS Atomweight Title Bout – 5 min / 3R
Mina Kurobe (Japan / Master Japan) vs SARAMI (Japan / Pancrase-ism Yokohama)
Yukari Nabe (Japan / Paraestra Kashiwa) vs Kana Watanabe (Japan / FIGHTER’S FLOW)
Hikaru Aono (Japan / Strapple Shin Yurigaoka) vs Anna Kiriyama (Japan / Zendo-kai)
Yuko “Amiba” Oya (Japan / AACC) vs Hikari (Japan / Philoctetes Niigata)
Yuko Kiryu (Japan / BRAVE) vs Tomomi Souda (Japan / Hide’s Kick)
Mitsuki Furuse (Japan / Y&K MMA ACADEMY) vs Nanaka Kawamura (Japan / Kamen Joshi)
KING Reina (Japan / FIGHT CLUB 428) vs TBA
Report by Shu Hirata
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