Female MMA Promotion Jewels Is Closing It’s Doors For Good, Merging with DEEP

Last Saturday in Japan, Seo Hee Ham fought Naho Sugiyama in the main event of Jewels- 24th Ring in a Featherweight Title bout that took home fight of the night honors. Despite the performance, the big news out of Jewels was a press release distributed after the event, announcing that the Jewels promotion will officially cease operations in August, and the organisation’s top stars will move on to compete under it’s brother promotion, DEEP, in a merger soon to be known as “DEEP JEWELS.”

DEEP President and Jewels advisor Shigeru Saeki confirmed the news after Jewels- 24th Ring event in Tokyo.

While unexpected, the move isn’t entirely surprising. After Jewels struggled to book fights for the two cards it’s put on in 2013, many Japanese MMA enthusiasts questioned the organization’s future. With the rise of Invicta FC and Pancrase, most of the female martial arts talent went abroad for fights in different promotions. Jewels was left in the dust.

Interesting enough, the death of Jewels and the rise of DEEP JEWELS could prove beneficial to women’s MMA in Japan. Female fighters will now be able to compete on one of the bigger mixed martial venues in Japan, which are often hosted at the famed Korakuen Hall. DEEP will also continue it’s partnership with Invicta FC, while working to increase the popularity of lighter weight WMMA divisions.

The first official DEEP JEWELS card is scheduled for August 31, headlined by Jewels star Shizuka Sugiyama.

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