Besidesthe lightweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki, Jewels' inaugural featherweightchampion Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama is also confirmed for the veryfirst Osaka show of Japan's only women's MMA promotion.
Sugiyama is from Kyoto which is right next to Osaka, therefore, for "SugiRock" this is going to be just like fighting at her home turf. This willbe a non-title fight however Jewels booked a tough fighter forSugiyama. Valkyrie's inaugural flyweight champion, Yasuko Tamada, fromteam AACC.
Tamada is a great grappler who has finished top three in PanAm Games, and ateam mate of Bellator star Megumi Fujii. Although she is currently on a three-fightlosing streak including the fight against Sugiyama back in November 2010, allof her defeats were in decisions, in a very close fight so this is NOT going tobe "Welcome home, here is your tune-up fight" for the champion.
By the way, this show is already sold out. Its probably because of thepopularity of Yuka Tsuji who will be challenging Hamasaki in the headliner.After winning fourteen straight fights from 2003 Tsuji finally lost to MeiYamaguchi in December 2010. Then she thought about retiring for a moment partlybecause of the injury. However, at age 37, "Vale Tudo Queen" hasdecided to try one more time, defeated Saori Ishioka in Jewels' July show lastyear.
And now she is going for the title in front of her hometown fans.
If Tusji wins then for a former Smack Girl and Valkyrie champion, this will beher third pro title in MMA.
Kobe Mosrite / Marvelous Japan / DEEP Head Office Presents
JEWELS 19th RING
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
At Osaka Azarea Hall, Osaka, Japan
Doors Open - 17:30 / Fight Starts - 18:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
JEWELS Lightweight Title JEWELS Special Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Ayaka Hamasaki (Japan / AACC) vs Yuka Tsuji (Japan / Angura)
JEWELS Special Rules Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama (Japan / Wajiutsu KeishukaiAKZA) vs Yasuko Tamada (Japan / AACC)
JEWELS Official Rules Under 53 Kg Bout 5 min / 2R
Mika Nagano (Japan / CORE) vs anna (Japan / FIGHT CHIX)
JEWELS Official Rules Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Sachi (Japan / Angura) vs Sadae Manhoef (Japan / MMA DojoCobra-kai)
JEWELS Official Rules Under 46 Kg Bout 5 min / 2R
Yukiko Seki (Japan / FIGHT CHIX) vs Yuko Kawabata (Japan/ Angura)
VIP - 15,000 yen
RS - 7,000 yen / A - 5,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata