DEEP JEWELS 1 – 08/31/2013: Betico retires, Inoue in a grappling bout, Fujino to take on Sung

DEEP announced additional cards for the very first DEEP JEWELS event at Shinjuku FACE.

Akiko "Betico" Naito is going to retire as of August 31st. She made a pro debut back on May 22nd 2003 so she is a 10-year veteran of the sport. At 5 feet 2 inch, she is bit short for 115 lbs division yet fought some of the solid fighters such as WINDY Tomomi and Mei "V.V. Mei" Yamaguchi. Naito's last opponent is going to be Mika Nagano. "Future Princess" is currently on a three-fight winning streak and she also 21 pro fights in her resume which is three more than Naito so this is going to be a tough fight for "Betico". But its customary in the Japanese fight sport to fight someone really tough at the very end of the career so this is nothing really surprising. And I wouldn't be surprised if Nagano finishes Naito fast early in the first round.

In addition, Mizuki Inoue, who just scored a solid win over Bec Hyatt in Invicta FC 6, is confirmed, but in a grappling bout. She is going to face another young grappler named Rikako Yuasa. Four years ago, Yuasa suddenly appeared in Japan's grappling scene as "Super High School Girl" and defeated professional fighters such as Saori Ishioka, Shizuka Sugiyama and Rina Tomita. Its four years later now so she would be actually four years older than Inoue. Yuasa has been relatively active, including a grappling bout in JEWELS 22 so the fans can expect a high level grappling fight between these two youngsters.

Finally, a veteran, who has fought for pretty much all of Japanese women's MMA related events such as Smack Girl to K- GRACE to Valkyrie, a 32-year old Emi Fujino is going to take on a Korean, Kyo Kyung Song.

Not much info is available on Song except that she fought Yuka Tsuji and Inoue in 2012 and lost both fights. A former kick boxer with only two pro fights experience in MMA but this happens a lot in Japan and it doesn't mean Song is a push over. One way to look at Song is, she couldn't do much in her first pro fight but she was able to take Inoue to the second round. That can be vast improvement in just a span of three months.

Fujino should win this fight but she needs to be cautious that Song can be tough.

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
At Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

105 lbs Title Qualifier 5 min / 3R
Celine Higa (Norway / team hellboy hansen) vs. Sadae "Manhoef" Numata (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai)

105 lbs Bout 5 min / 2R
Yasuko Tamada (Japan / AACC) vs. Yukiko Seki (Japan / FIGHT CHIX)

115 lbs Bout 5 min / 2R
Masako Yoshida (Japan / FIGHT CHIX) vs. Satomi Takano (Japan / Club Barbarian)

115 lbs Bout 5 min / 2R
Takumi Umehara (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs. Megumi Sugimoto (Japan / AACC)

Betico Retirement Bout
Akiko "Betico" Naito (Japan / RJW) vs. Mika Nagano (Japan / CORE)

115 lbs Bout 5 min / 2R
Emi Fujino (Japan / GODS) vs. Hyo Kyung Sung (Korea / CMA KOREA)

Grappling Rules Bout
Mizuki Inoue (Japan / Karate-do Hakushin-kai) vs. Rikako Yuasa (Japan / Pogona Club Gym)

Kickboxing Rules Bout
Reina Matsui (Japan / y-park) vs. Rumina K (Saenchai Muay Thai Gym)

115 lbs Bout 5 min / 2R
Sachiko Fujimori (Japan / Brightness Monma Dojo) vs. Sumire Takahashi (Japan / YBN JAPAN)

Report by Shu Hirata