Right from the beginning, Mei "V.V." Yamaguchi applied a pressure on MIYOKO by landing right straight punch followed by left knee to the body. Then, Yamaguchi pushed MIYOKO to the corner and landed few more left knees. And, Yamaguchi stepped back, allowed MIYOKO to be free. But this was a trap. When MIYOKO took few steps toward the center of the ring, Yamaguchi grabber her in a Muay Thai clinch and unleashed a hard left knee shot to the body. This one landed deep into the rib. MIYOKO groaned and hit the canvas, and that was it.
It was a clean KO by Yamaguchi but the fans at Shinjuku FACE froze because MIYOKO couldn't move and she was taken out on a stretcher.
It was obvious that MIYOKO just didn't belong to the same league as Yamaguchi.
MIYOKO had 15 pro fights prior to this fight, and Yamaguchi had 22. A veteran from team GRABAKA was 2-4 in her last six fights while Yamaguchi was 1-3 in last four fights. On paper, it may look like an okay match-up. On top of this, MIYOKO was a last-minute replacement so its difficult to put a blame on the promotion but this was a lopsided match-up.
The calibre of fighters Yamaguchi faced so far are not even close to those MIYOKO has faced in six years of her career. Not to mention the fact that most of MIYOKO's fights were two 5-minute rounders while majority of Yamaguchi's fights were three 5-minute round fights. So, there is a huge difference in terms of experience between these two fighters. In other words, if there was such a thing called athletic commission in Japan then this fight probably didn't get approved.
However, its not like Japan is filled with female pro MMA fighters. Also, this fight was the headliner of the show. MIYOKO was in a reserve bout of the tournament to begin with, and her opponent scratched due to injury, just like Yamaguchi's original opponent. So, it made total sense for DEEP to put MIYOKO against Yamaguchi.
Again, under these circumstances, can't hold promotion responsible but this type of lopsided match-up could also results in a serious injury to the fighters.
Yet, at this point, no one has come up with a right solution for this type of situation.
DEEP JEWELS 7
Saturday, February 21st , 2015
At Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – DEEP JEWELS FEATHERWEIGHT (48 Kg / 105 lbs) GP First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Mei "V.V." Yamaguchi (Japan / Riki Gym – Butoku-kai) vs MIYOKO (Japan / GRABAKA)
Winner: 1R 0'44" Mei "V.V." Yamaguchi by KO (knee shot to the body)
4th Match – DEEP JEWELS FEATHERWEIGHT (48 Kg / 105 lbs) GP First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Mina Kurobe (Japan / Master Japan) vs Emi Tomimatsu (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)
Winner: 2R Mina Kurobe by Decision (2-1)
3rd Match – DEEP JEWELS FEATHERWEIGHT (48 Kg / 105 lbs) GP First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Masako Yoshida (Japan / FIGHT CHIX) vs SARAMI (Japan / Club Barbarian)
Winner: 2R SARAMI by Decision (0-3)
2nd Match – DEEP JEWELS FEATHERWEIGHT (48 Kg / 105 lbs) GP First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Tomo Maesawa (Japan / Paraestra Hachinohe) vs Yukiko Seki (Japan / FIGHT CHIX)
Winner: 2R Tomo Maezawa by Decision (3-0)
1st Match – Grappling Tag Team Bout 10 min
Ayaka Hamasaki & Amiba (Japan / AACC) vs Emi Fujino (Wajiutsu Keishukai GODS) & Sachiko Fujimori (Japan / Brightness)
Winner: 1-0 Ayaka Hamasaki submitted Emig Fujino via kimura.
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)