"Ever since I lost in America, it was very difficult for me to bring my tensions up. But the pride I have as the champion, I felt, I just can't lose."
This is what MIZUKI (a.k.a Mizuki Inoue) said after defending her DEEP JEWELS strawweight title over WSOF veteran Emi Fujino.
Although MIZUKI said, "I only had this image of me losing so I actually didn't have any confidence", under the DEEP JEWELS rules, it was a convincing win by the champion.
She only struggled in the beginning.
In the first round Emino used her strength and Muay Thai clinch to control the fight. Fujino landed solid knee shots to the body. And when MIZUKI tried to counter of her own Fujino pushed her to the cage and didn't really allow the champion to get in the offensive rhythm.
Even in the beginning of the second round, Fujino landed a good right straight punch that backed off MIZUKi for a moment. However, about from the midway point of this round, it was all MIZUKI. She took Fujino down, eventually got to the mount position, and landed bunch of solid poundings.
The final round was all MIZUKI.
Her feet looked fresh. Her hand speed was faster than ever, and landed bunch of significant strikes. Left kick to the body, left hook to the body, right straight to the chin followed by left hook to the jaw. Fujno was basically her target practice.
However, if this bout was scored under the North American unified MMA rules, Fujino could have won because, under the DEEP JEWELS rules, bout is not scored by rounds. Its scored by the entire fight. Fujino clearly won the first. And, some judges could have given Fujino an edge for the second round as well because she was controlling the fight till midway through that round.
But no one is complaining because, clearly, MIZUKI dominated second half of the fight, and visibly caused more damages on Fujino. In fact, the doctor had to step in to check on Fujino in the third round because she was bleeding badly.
And, MIZUKI's face was completely clean after the fight.
In the backstage, when MIZUKI was asked about her next fight in US, she replied, "I need more strength, combination, and accuracy."
DEEP JEWELS 9
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – DEEP JEWELS Strawweight Title Fight 5 min / 3R
MIZUKI (Japan / Karate-do Haksuhinkai) vs Emi Fujino (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai GODS)
Winner: 3R MIZUKI by Decision (3-0)
Co-Main – DEEP JEWELS Bantamweight Tile Fight 5 min / 3R
Takayo Hashi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai AKZA) vs Ji Yeon Kim (Korea / MOB Training Center)
Winner: 3R Ji Yeon Kim by Decision (0-3)
3rd Match – MIYOKO Retiremet Exhibition Grappling Rules Bout
MIYOKO (Japan / GRABAKA) vs Yukiko Seki (Japan / FIGHT CHIX)
2nd Match – Atomweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Emi Tomimatsu (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Natsumi Shimomakise (Japan / Personal Styles)
Winner: 1R 2'43" Emi Tomimatsu by Submission (armbar)
1st Match – 52 Kg & Under Grappling Rules Bout 4 min / 2R
Megumi Sugimoto (Japan / AACC) vs Natsumi Mukai (Japan/ Master Japan)
Winner: 1R 3'24" Natsumi Mukai by Submission (kimura)
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)