Lightweight Grand Prix & Featherweight title bout headlines DEEP Jewels 2

The second installment of Japan-based DEEP Jewels is set to go down on November 4 at the Shinjuku Face in Tokyo, Japan. The promotion, of course, is an all-female MMA showcase, featuring some of the country’s talents in the female ranks.

The eight bout fight card for DEEP Jewels 2 will be highlighted by the opening rounds of a Lightweight Grand Prix, and a Featherweight title contest.

Match-ups for the Lightweight Grand Prix were decided by a blind draw held at a press conference last month. Mizuki Inoue (6-1) takes on Emi Fujino (13-6), while Mika Nagano (14-8) locks horns with Emi Tomimatsu (5-7) for the second time in the other tournament bracket.

It’s no secret that Inoue and Fujino are the obvious favorites to win the whole thing, given their vast amount of experience that includes tougher competitors and what not. Fans may remember Mizuki Inoue (pictured) from Invicta FC 6, where she picked up a victory over Australian star, Bec Hyatt. At just a tender age of 19-years-old, it’s incredible as to what Inoue has achieved since the launch of her pro MMA career in 2010.

Official fight poster for DEEP Jewels 2.

Official fight poster for DEEP Jewels 2.

Emi Fujino is no slouch either. The 32-year-old Japanese vet has faced some of the best female fighters to come out of Japan, including Mei Yamaguchi and recently retired, Megumi Fuji. Despite having six blemishes on her pro MMA record, Fujino is yet to taste a stoppage defeat in her outings. She’s gone 4-1 in her past five bouts, notching up notable wins over Celine Haga, Amber Brown and the aforementioned Mika Nagano.

Most people would feel that Fujino-Inoue should be a match-up taking place in the finals. The victor would assuredly be heavily favored to claim the tournament’s crown.

But the spotlight will be equally illuminated on Mika Nagano vs. Emi Tomimatsu. In fact, both fighters actually fought one another back in March of this year, and it was Nagano who walked away with her hands raised on that occasion. The 29-year-old is on a four-fight win streak, was last seen at the inaugural DEEP Jewels event where she triumphed over Akiko Naito via a second-round Armbar. Tomimatsu, meanwhile, has relatively experienced mixed success in her career thus far, tumbling thrice in her previous five outings. “The Future Princess” made her last pro MMA appearance at PXC 38, coming up short in a three-round affair against Kailian Curran.

Ham Seo Hee’s (11-5) Featherweight strap will also be on the line as she makes her first title defense against Sadae Numata. Widely regarded as the best female fighter out of South Korea, the Jewels vet trains out of Busan’s Team M.A.D., a fight camp that’s home to the likes of UFC vets Kyung Ho Kang and Dong Hyun Kim.  On a four-fight winning run, her opponent, Sadae Numata (5-1-1), defeated Celine Haga at DEEP: Jewels 1 en route to earning her title shot.

Naho Sugiyama (8-3) vs. Masako Yoshida (17-18-5), and Yukiko Seki (11-23) vs. Madoka Ebihara (4-3) among others make up the rest of the fight card.

Check out the full line-up below:

  • Mika Nagano vs. Emi Tomimatsu (DEEP Jewels Lightweight Grand Prix Opening bout)
  • Mizuki Inuoe vs. Emi Fujino (DEEP Jewels Lightweight Grand Prix Opening bout)
  • Ham Seo Hee vs. Sadae Numata (For DEEP Jewels Featherweight Championship strap)
  • Naho Sugiyama vs. Masako Yoshida
  • Megumi Sugimoto vs. Sachiko Fujimori
  • Yukiko Seki vs. Madoka Ebihara
  • Kodera Asami vs. Miura Ayaka
  • Naomi Taniyama vs. Tamaki Usui

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Author:Thinesh John

20, Asian MMA nerd in Singapore.

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