(All fighters stepped into the ring after the headliner for"closing ceremony" and of course, the center position belonged toAyaka Hamasaki, and as expected, Yuka Tsuji was nowhere to be found in the ringat this point)
For women's MMA fans in Osaka this was a devastating blow.
Their hometown heroine Yuka Tsuji was, basically, always considered as"the only rival of Megumi Fujii in Japan."
With a pro MMA record of 23-2, and both Smack Girl and Valkyrie titles in herresume, it make sense for many fans to believe she maybe the only Japanesefighter that has a good possibility of beating MegaMegu.
Well, that illusion is now totally gone.
Last Saturday, the fans in Osaka saw the reality.
Tsuji is already 37-year old. She was coming off from the injury, and a longlayoff.
She was not the same Tsuji as, when she was winning 14 straight fights oversome of the top fighters at the time such as Erica Montoya, Hisae Watanabe,WINDY Tomomi and Ana Michelle Tavares. Well, some of them are "oldnames" at this point, and this actually should remind everyone that Tsujiis a veteran who has been fighting pro since 2001.
And she was a no match against today's champion Ayaka Hamasaki.
Hamasaki immediately closed in, threw a right hook, but Tsuji stepped back.
Then Hamasaki threw another left hook which might have glanced off Tsuji'sface, and the champion shot in.
Tsuji sprawled but Hamasaki followed through and got the take down.
And from there it was all Hamasaki.
Tsuji defended well for a while but Hamasaki eventually passed the guard,dropped many fists from the side position, and when Tsuji tried to bridge out,the youngster from team AACC grabbed Tsuji's left arm, went for a kimura.
And it was all over.
Now, does this mean its all over for Tsuji?
Again she is 37 and its not like her body is injury free. But most importantlydoes she still have that heart to go through everything you need to win MMA fight?
Lets see what Tsuji's decision is going to be.
Kobe Mosrite / Marvelous Japan / DEEP Head Office Presents
JEWELS 19th RING
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
At Osaka Azarea Hall, Osaka, Japan
Doors Open - 17:30 / Fight Starts - 18:00
JEWELS Lightweight Title JEWELS Special Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Ayaka Hamasaki (Japan / AACC) vs Yuka Tsuji (Japan / Angura)
Winner: 1R 3'41" AyakaHamasaki by Submission (kimura)
JEWELS Special Rules Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai AKZA)vs Yasuko Tamada (Japan / AACC)
Winner: 3R Naho "Rock"Sugiyama by Decision (2-0)
JEWELS Official Rules Under 53 Kg Bout 5 min / 2R
Mika Nagano (Japan / CORE) vs anna (Japan / FIGHT CHIX)
Winner: 1R 1'50 Mika Nagano bySubmission (armbar)
JEWELS Official Rules Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Sachi (Japan / Angura) vs Sadae Manhoef (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai)
Winner: 2R Sadae Manhoef by Decision(0-3)
JEWELS Official Rules Under 46 Kg Bout 5 min / 2R
Yukiko Seki (Japan / FIGHT CHIX) vs Yuko Kawabata (Japan /Angura)
Winner: 2R Yukiko Seki by Decision(3-0)
JEWELS Official Rules Under 59 Kg Bout 5 min / 2R
Cho-Benkei (Japan /) vs Keiko Tomita (Japan / Angura)
Winner: 1R 2'06" Yukiko Seki bySubmission (armbar)
+ Kick Boxing Tournament
Reportby Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of DEEP blog" The Wild Side of DEEP"