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Ham, Mizuki, Tomimatsu Victorious
Last Updated on Monday, 4 November 2013 09:19
Written by Charles Jewett
Monday, November 4th, 2013

Deeo Jewels’ second event is now in the history books. In the tournament, Emi Tomimatsu and Mizuki Inoue picked up victories to move onto the final round, which will likely be held in February. Also on the card, Jewels’ final Atomweight Champion Seo Hee Ham successfully defended her title.

Pictures Courtesy of Lady Go!


Mika Nagano vs Emi Tomimatsu

As the 1st Round unfolded, the southpaw Nagano was struck by Tomimatsu’s  right straight over and over again while not landing much of her own. During the break, both corners told their fighters to go for the takedown. In the 2nd, Tomimatsu was able to pressure and tire Nagano. When Tomimatsu pushed Nagano to the ropes, Nagano threw a right knee to the body. Tomimatsu used this to grab Nagano’s leg and take her down to the mat. From the half-guard, Tomimatsu worked her punches and hammer fists. She then easily defended an arm bar from Nagano and transitioned to back mount. From there she worked a RNC which Nagano then reversed. At the end of the round Tomimatsu worked for a triangle till the bell rang. The fight was all Tomimatsu who avenged a Split Decision loss to Nagano in March.

Mizuki Inoue vs Emi Fujino

In the first round both fighters were looking to strike. Mizuki  landed one-two combinations on Fujino, while Fujino landed counter rights to the body and looked to counter. The exchanges went on evenly like this until the end of the round when Mizuki fell down. With Fujino in her guard, Mizuki worked for what looked like a tight arm bar till then end of the round. The 2nd round started out like the 1st with some even exchanges. In the clinch, Mizuki used her Karate background and freely landed left body and right uppercuts. Upon separation she also landed a nice right straight. At this point, Fujino began to bleed from the nose. She defended Fujino’s takedown and blocked a rush of Fujino’s punches to end the round and the fight. With her victory Mizuki Inoue will face Emi Tomimatsu to decide the next Deep Jewels Champion.

Seo Hee Ham vs Sadae Numata

In the 1st round, Ham went for the takedown early and got it. From there she went to back mount. Sadae escaped and worked her way back to her feet. The two southpaws then started striking with Ham landing punches and right high kicks throughout the round. In the 2nd, Ham got the takedown again. From there she threw strong punches and went for an arm bar. The arm bar was tight and Sadae was on the verge of giving up before she managed to escape. Ham then got her back taken by Sadae who looked for a choke. Ham finally escaped  with both fighters looks for toe holds at the end of the round. In the 3rd, Sadae caught one of Ham’s kicks and took her back. From there she worked for a choke which Ham was able to switch out of. She got back to her feet and hit Sadae with punch and kicks for the rest of the round. In a competitive fight, Ham remained the champion and won MVP of the event.

Full Results

Emi Tomimatsu defeated Mika Nagano

Unanimous Decision (3-0)

Mizuki Inoue defeated Emi Fujino

Unanimous Decision (3-0)

Seo Hee Ham defeated Sadae

Unanimous Decision (3-0)

Naho Sugiyama defeated Masako Yoshida

Unanimous Decision (3-0)

Seiko Fujimori defeated Megumi Sugimoto

Split Decision (2-1)

Yukiko Seki defeated Madoka Ebihara

Unanimous Decision (3-0)

Ayaka Miura defeated Asami Kodera

Grappling Rules

Split Decision

Tamaki Usui defeated Naomi Taniyama 

Newcomer Rules

Unanimous Decision

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Emi Fujino vs Mizuki Inoue
Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 10:49
Written by Charles Jewett
Monday, October 28th, 2013

Emi Fujino and Mizuki Inoue

On Monday, November 4th, Deep Jewels will be holding their second event. On that card, as part of the opening round of the Strawweight Tournament,Emi Fujino will be facing off against #8 ranked Mizuki Inoue. Both of the fighters are coming off of victories and with a title shot on the line, both will be plenty motivated.

Mizuki Inoue has quickly become one of Japan’s top fighters. With two Shoot Boxing Championships, a Jewels Tournament Victory and her Invicta debut all behind her, the young fighter wants more. Having stated that she wants MMA, Shoot Boxing and Kickboxing Championships she is taking this tournament very seriously. Going into the fight, Mizuki will enjoy a striking advantage. Fujino, as her last fight showed, is susceptible to strikes and is prone to cuts and bleeding from the nose. This may play a factor, as the only time Emi Fujino has been finished is due to a doctor’s stoppage in a Shoot Boxing match. However, it is worth noting that Mizuki has been working on her grappling a lot. All of her MMA finishes have been by submission and she has been entering grappling tournaments.

Emi Fujino is a very unique fighter, especially on the Japanese scene. She will be the strongest (physically) opponent that Mizuki has ever faced and will also be one of the most experienced. If Fujino is able to close the distance and grapple with Mizuki, this could become a very interesting match. The one match where Mizuki spent time on her back was in her fight with Hamasaki, which she lost. Fujino is a very powerful fighter who possess good enough cardio to push the pace for a full fight. She tends to swarm her opponents with strikes, take it to the mat, then smother them. If she can do this, the fight is hers.

The X-Factor going into this fight is that Fujino and Inoue have faced each other before. Mizuki defeated Fujino 3 years ago in a Kickboxing match. Even though both fighters have evolved since this fight, as it was 3 years ago, I feel that both fighters have a feel for the other’s striking. This could play a factor.

Bullet Points

Both fighters have never been finished in MMA.

Both fighters were defeated by Hamasaki.

Both fighters defeated Sung in RD2 by RNC.

Strength/Size Advantage: Fujino.

Speed Advantage: Mizuki.



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Ryo Chonan retires as a champion, our salute to one of Japan’s greatest fighters
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 October 2013 10:58
Written by admin
Sunday, October 20th, 2013

In traditional Japanese combat sports, a fighter will take one last bout against a much stronger, almost overwhelmingly tougher opponent, and fall gracefully on his sword in his last battle.  Ryo Chonan defied this tradition Sunday, and instead used said sword to conquer his final opponent, DEEP 170-lb champion Dan Hornbuckle.

In more bouts than can be remembered, fighters have faced talent far and above their skill set, and for a reason unbeknownst to us, they prefer to be beaten to a pulp in their final fight.  Ryo Chonan took a title fight for his final hurrah in the ring and made the most of it.

Chonan was able to grind out a unanimous decision victory, capturing the championship before retiring in front of a packed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo Japan.  The event, entitled DEEP Tribe Tokyo FIGHT, was co-promoted with Chonan’s Tribe Tokyo gym, which has become the most powerful mixed martial arts training facility in Japan since it opened.

Chonan has had one of the most decorated careers of any Japanese fighter.  In what was his most memorable fight, Chonan submitted P4P great Anderson Silva with an out of nowhere leg lock during his time in Pride.  When PrideFC fell, Chonan headed stateside to the UFC and was able to win a fight in the octagon, albeit losing three, before heading back to Japan.

Chonan will continue as a name in the sport, only now as a coach, one that has seen all there is to see in combat sports, one that will provide fighters with an encyclopedia of knowledge and experience.

We salute you, Chonan…

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 October 2013 08:21
Written by IQWrestler
Sunday, October 20th, 2013


Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Tsuyoshi Takahashi defeated Satoshi Usui via KO – R1, 1:18

Takashi Sato defeated Shotaro Yabe via Decision (Unanimous)

Yujiro Sato defeated Hiroshi Takahashi via Submission (Guillotine) – R1, 4:00

Luke Mori vs. Sakashita Yusuke ended in No Contest due to cut on Mori from illegal elbow

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi defeated “RYO” Young Choi via Decision (Split)

Kenji Osawa defeated Seiji Akao via Decision (Split)

Akihiro Murayama drew with Yuya Shirai via Draw (Majority)

Takenori Sato defeated Islam Galajev via Submission (Double Wrist Lock) – R2

Yasuhiro Urushitani defeated Jae Mam Yoo via Decision (Unanimous)

Mamoru Yamaguchi drew with Yoshiro Maeda via Draw (Majority)

DEEP Welterweight Title~
Ryo Chonan defeated Dan Hornbuckle (c) via Decision (Unanimous)
~Chonan wins the title in his final fight

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DEEP join the realm of iPPV with TRIBE TOKYO FIGHT
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 04:03
Written by IQWrestler
Thursday, October 17th, 2013


JMMA fans have be clamoring for it and now they’ll finally get it, as DEEP will broadcast a major card world wide via UStream and what a card it is!

The main event will see Ryo Chonan challenge Dan Hornbuckle for the DEEP WW Title in Chonan’s retirement fight, as well as Yoshiro Maeda vs. Mamoru Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. Matheus Nicholau Pereira, Takenori Sato vs. Ismael de Jesus and Yuya Shirai vs. Akihiro Murayama, just to name a few!

You can order the stream right here for 1,500 Yen, that’s about $15 USD.

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The Best Of Shoji Maruyama – By Babalu Jack
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 04:59
Written by BabaluJack
Monday, October 14th, 2013

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DEEP Cage Impact: Middleweight Champ Nakamura Returns
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2013 02:02
Written by BabaluJack
Sunday, October 13th, 2013


Several bouts have been confirmed for DEEP’s next cage show at the TDC Hall in Tokyo.

DEEP Middleweight Champion Kazuhiro Nakamura will fight for the fourth time this year when he takes on Yuji Sakuragi. Nakamura breathed new life into his career when he debuted for DEEP last year, capturing the middleweight belt back in February. He was last seen knocking out the much bigger Henry Miller in Sentoryu’s MMA retirement bout at DEEP 63. Sakuragi’s record might not be the most impressive ( 14-21-2-1 NC ) but he has devastating knockout power and he enters this bout with nothing to lose.

Hiroshi “Iron” Nakamura returns to DEEP for the first time since 2011 as he takes on Yusaku Nakamura. It’s also “Iron’s” first fight since May 2012 when he was eliminated from the Bellator bantamweight tournament by Luis Alberto Nogueira.

With Doo Ho Choi apparently close to a UFC deal, featherweights Tatsunao Nagakura and Katsunori Tsuda will fight to determine a new number 1 contender to Yokota’s featherweight championhsip.

Akihiro Gono’s rivalry with Hayato “Mach” Sakurai continues, sort of. The 39 year old takes on Yuki Okano, who fights out of MACH’s Dojo.

Elsewhere Takafumi Otsuka takes on Toshiaki Kitada in a bantamweight affair, Shizuka Sugiyama will look for her 5th win in a row against Ji Yun Kim and Hideki Kadowaki returns to DEEP to take on Kleber Koike Erbst.

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