Mina Kurobe made a pro MMA debut at age 32.
She won first five fights finishing 3 opponents via rear naked choke.
For her sixth pro fights, she faced one of DEEP JEWELS’ top strawweights Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi and tasted first defeat in her pro career.
In the same year, she also fought Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama and lost via unanimous decision.
But since then, Kurobe has been very impressive. Last year, she won all four fights including a solid win over Emi Tomimatsu.
And this past weekend, she defeated Sugiyama and captured DEEP JEWELS strawweight title.
This was a close fight though.
With one take down and superior striking, Sugiyama was winning in the first round. Even in the second round Sugiayam did not allow Kurobe to take the fight to the ground.
But the third round was all Kurobe.
Kurobe scored takedown, then got on the back-mount position and just landed series of punches to Sugiyama’s head till end of the fight.
It was bit surprising that all three judges gave all three rounds to Kurobe but overall, it was more than obvious that a 39-year old from team Master Japan was just a better fighter on that day.
After winning the belt, Kurobe said, “All these fighters that won DEEP JEWELS belt are fighting in ONE or Invicta FC so I would like to fight in the world stage as well.”
DEEP JEWELS 15
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
At Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
DEEP JEWELS Atomeweight Title Match 5 min / 3R
Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai AKZA) vs Mina Kurobe (Japan / Master Japan)
Winner: 3R Mina Kurobe by Decision (0-3)
59 Kg & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Shizuka Sugiyama (Japan / Reversal Gym Shinjuku Me, We) vs Yukari Nabe (Japan / Paraestra Kashiwa)
Winner: 3R Shizuka Sugiyama by Decision (2-1)
57.5 Kg & Under Bout
Emiko Raika (Japan / Right Thing Academy) vs Karate Komachi (Japan / Bushin-kai)
Winner: 2R Emiko Raika by Decision (3-0)
Atomweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kanna Asakura (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Natsuki Shimomakise (Japan / Personal Styles)
Winner: 1R 2’29” Kanna Asakura by Submission (rear naked choke)
Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shayna Baszler (USA / UWF USA – Hybrid Fighter) vs KING Reina (Japan / Reversal Gym Tachikawa ALPHA)
Winner: 2R KING Reina by Decision (0-3)
Emi Tomimatsu (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Pan “KAI Hui (China / Reversal Gym Tachikawa)
Winner: 2R Emi Tomimatsu by Decision (3-0)
SARAMI (Japan / Pancrase-ism Yokohama) vs Ye Ji Lee (Korea / TEAM Fetora)
Winner: 1R SARAMI by Submission (rear naked choke)
report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of DEEP facebook page