When one reporter asked Yuka Tsuji about her plan for the next year, particularly in regards to the Smack Girl lightweight tournament beginning on February 14th her reply was, "The promoter asked me to rest. " But everyone knows that the fighter you always wanted to fight has entered the tournament. "Who? ''The fighter I want to fight?' Who are you talking about?" Then the reporter specifically named Megumi Fujii, but her answer was, "I am not interested in her at all." After defending the Smack Girl lightweight title against Su Hi Ham, Yuka, at least, looked like she wasn't thinking about undefeated and widely considered invincible "Mega Megu".
The title fight against Ham was a complete domination by Yuka. She never even bothered to stand up against the Korean striker, she just engaged in the ground battle. Yuka snapped on an arm bar and a few leg locks but the Korean was incredibly tough, very technical and extremely flexible, defending very well Yuka's numerous attacks on the ground but on this day, Ham didn't get to show her stuff. Yuka was uncompromising in taking the fight to the ground. And at the end it was completely a one-sided fight.
Megumi Fujii fought in the first bout of the show against a rookie Mika Nagano. Megumi shot in low went for her signature heel lock. Everyone thought it was all over but surprisingly Nagano reacted well by sticking her chest to Megumi's back. But that was it for a former wrestler and a fourth-place finisher of the Queens Cup. Megumi switched position hooked her leg for a triangle. Nagano didn't tap but when the referee stopped the bout her light was just about to go out. Another "byosatsu" (instant win) for Megumi and now extended her perfect record to 13-0.
Starting from this show, Smack Girl got rid of the "30 second limit on the ground" rule and maybe because of it, the referees looked a little too carefully, in the sense that there were more than few early breaks. On top of this, Smack Girl still uses the rules where fighters are not allowed to strike to the head on the ground. Therefore even the Main Event, when Ham took the mount position the referee stepped in to stand them back up which seemed a bit unnatural in an MMA bout.
After the fight Yuka specifically said, "I prefer the rules where I can strike to the head of a downed opponent". Does this mean Yuka prefers to meet Megumi in a full MMA rules bout? Since next year's lightweight tournament will be held under the regular Smack Girl rules, maybe both Smack Girl and Yuka are hoping for Megumi to storm through this tournament so the stage would be set for the super fight between Yuka and Megumi under the full MMA rules?
'SMACKGIRL 7th ANNIVERSARY ～ Starting Over ～'
Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan