Two title fights will be held at at the upcoming DEEP JEWELS 9.
DEEP JEWELS bantamweight title holder, Takay Hashi, will take on Ji Yeon Kim from Korea. Outside of Japan, since 2010, Hashi has been fighting at 125 but in Japan she still holds belt at 135 lbs division.
The challenger, Kim, is a 25-year old, and she actually faced Hashi back in May 2014. That was her second pro fight and Kim took Strikeforce veteran to a two-round draw. It was a very impressive performance.
On paper, Hashi, whose pro MMA record is 15-5-1, should be a heavy favorite over Kim but that may not be the case here. Hashi is smaller. Also, Kim is 12 years younger. She is undefeated and finished last three oppnents. Hashi hasn't fought since November 2014 while Kim fought twice already this year. This can be a very close fight.
Strawweight champion, MIZUKI (a.k.a. Mizuki Inoue), is taking on Emi Fujino.
These two met once back in November 2013 and MIZUKI won via unanimous decision. But that was a two-rounder and also, since then, Fujino went through four fights. Two of them are outside Japan. One was actually against Jessica Aguillar in WSOF for the title. She came up short but took the champ to all the way to end of five rounds. Meaning, with these experiences, Fujino has to be better than where she was two years ago. On top of this, she is on a three-fight win streak. Got the momentum on her side.
However, it doesn't necessary mean Fujino has a good chance against MIZUKI. Sure, the champ is coming off from a two-fight losing streak but those losses were against Alexa Grasso and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Definitely two of the best strawwewights outside UFC today. On top of this, both fights won Fight Of the Night bonus in Invicta FC. Which means, these two were very close fights. Even in losing battles, MIZUKI probably learned a lot.
On paper, this maybe a very even match-up but a 21-year old MIZUKI could either dominates or smokes Fujino. She has that kind of potential.
DEEP JEWELS 8
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 18:00
Fight Starts – 18:30
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP JEWELS Bantamweight Tile Fight 5 min / 3R
Takayo Hashi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai AKZA) vs Ji Yeon Kim (Korea / MOB Training Center)
DEEP JEWELS Strawweight Title Fight 5 min / 3R
MIZUKI (Japan / Karate-do Haksuhinkai) vs Emi Fujino (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai GODS)
VIP – 15,000 yen
SRS – 10,000 yen
A – 8,000 yen
B – 6,500 yen
General – 5,500 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata
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