“The Kamikaze Angel” Emi Fujino challenges Jessica Aguilar for the Strawweight title at WSOF 10

Back in 2004 when Women’s MMA was frowned upon. Japan’s Emi Fujino made her professional Mixed Martial Arts debut competing under two of Asia’s biggest promotions at the time — Smackgirl & Valkyrie.

The fan favorite made waves early on rounding off an impressive eight-fight win streak over a three year spell, before hitting a patch of losses. Fujino ended the year (2-1) with wins over Amber Brown & Hyo Kyung Song.

Along with MMA, Fujino has also dabbled in Professional Wrestling, Kickboxing and Shoot Boxing.

Having made her rounds on the Asian MMA scene, Fujino signed with Las Vegas-based promotion World Series of Fighting (WSOF) at the turn of the year.

In December of 2013, Fujino’s camp was offered a fight with Jessica Aguilar, which, of course she jumped at the chance. However, Aguilar’s camp nixed plans for the match-up due to Fujino coming off a loss to fast-rising prospect Mizuki Inoue.

“The Kamikaze Angel” was scheduled to make her promotional debut later tonight at WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares. And so began processing a work visa. But after the promotion couldn’t find a suitable opponent, Emi was sidelined.

WSOF President Ray Sefo attended a press conference in Tokyo, Japan earlier this year in January stating:

Emi Fujino has to understand that Fujino must first fight for WSOF Japan.

Fight Sport Asia has today learned from sources stating that Emi Fujino (13-7) will challenge Jessica Aguilar (17-4) for the Strawweight gold at WSOF 10, scheduled to take place later this year in the US.

Fujino was cornering training partner & friend Mei Yamaguchi earlier today in the Philippines for PXC 43. Fight Sport Asia briefly caught up with the veteran to ask what it means to fight for the belt.

It’s been my dream to fight (for WSOF) so I am very happy. Ever since my last fight, I’ve been training, preparing for my next fight. I am going to win and become champion.

WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares takes place later tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Steve Carl (21-3) puts his Welterweight Championship on the line against former UFC veteran Rousimar Palhares (15-5), who returns to the cage following a somewhat controversial debut at 170-lbs.

As well as the Welterweight crown being up for grabs, Marlon Moraes (12-4-1) meets Josh Rettinghouse (10-2) for the vacant Bantamweight belt. And Japanese powerhouse Yushin Okami (29-8) makes his promotional debut against Svetoslav Savov (12-4), who also steps into the WSOF cage for the first time.

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