VTJ 1st – 12/24/2012: Megumi Fujii vs. “V.V. Mei” Yamaguchi Confirmed
This week, two fight cards were added for the upcoming VTJ 1st show on Christmas Eve.
Megumi Fujii will take on "V.V. Mei" Yamaguchi and UFC vet K-taro Nakamura is going to face Nobutatsu Suzuki.
Fujii is basically a living legend in women's MMA.
And obviously, this is not her first time fighting in the cage. She was the finalist in the Bellator's women's 115 lbs tournament in 2010.
Yamaguchi is also well experienced in the cage. After all she was the last champion of Valkyrie, a women's cage show faded away at the end of last year. Besides the cage issue, for the Japanese MMA, this is the fight made for VTJ. From next year, VTJ will continue as, sort of like, a spin-off of Shooto. A new cage series of Shooto. Which makes this quite monumental, and for Japanese women's MMA, this match-up between Fujii and Yamaguchi is most "suitable" for a new beginning.
The press conference was held in Tokyo on Thursday.
Both Fujii and Yamaguchi spoke with deep feeling.
Apparently their first encounter was in the US, at PanAm Game. Back then Yamaguchi was just doing BJJ. No MMA training.
According to Yamaguchi,, "First I had no intention of doing MMA but I wanted to be strong like Fujii-san and that is why I began MMA".
And apparently Fujii has been watching her progress, "She became champion in the cage, and also, at the different field, in S-Cup tourney, she did very well". A founder of ACCC Girls team continued, "Maybe its a fate that we are fighting in this show. When this fight was confirmed my heart was pounding so hard I couldn't eat any meals."
Yamaguchi always wanted this fight and she finally got it, "It has always been my dream to fight her, and recently I was thinking, 'well, maybe it would just ended up being a real dream'. So, when I got this offer, I accepted immediately." Yamaguchi sounded very determined, "She is very strong on finishing submissions, and she is also very good at pressuring with striking. Honestly part of me do feel scared but I don't care what happens to myself if I can win."
For Fujii, "V.V. Mei" is a tough opponent, and she is well-aware of this, "I got this image of her being very explosive. She has stamina and explosive force."
Monday, December 24th, 2012
Yoyogi No. 2 Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 15:00 / Fight Starts – 16:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
135 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Rumina Sato (Japan / roots) vs. Hideo Tokoro (Japan / Reversal Gym Musashi Kosugi)
136 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama) vs. Hideo Tokoro (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS)
155 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Kuniyoshi Hironaka (Japan / Master Japan) vs. Carlo Prater (USA / THUGJITSU)
125 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Mamoru (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama) vs. Darrell Montague (USA / Millenium MMA)
135 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Kyoji Horiguchi (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs.Ian Loveland (USA / SPORTS LAB)
115 lbs & Under Women's Bout 5 min / 3R
Megumi Fujii (Japan / AACC) vs "V.V. Mei" Yamaguchi (Japan / Freelance)
117 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
K-taro Nakamura (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai K-taro Dojo) vs Nobutatsu Suzuki (Japan / Freelance)
VIP – 50,000 yen (front row with Pamphlet, ticket to after party, and limited time photo opportunity in the cage) / SRS – 30,000 yen / S – 10,00 yen / Panorama – 10,000 yen / Couple Seats (two "Panorama seats") – 16,000 yen / A – 8,000 yen / B – 6,000 yen
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of eFight (efight.jp)