Earlier, JEWELS announced the opponent for Omuro’s retirement exhibition match. She will be facing off against former 2-time opponent and former Deep champion, Watanabe Hisae. Omuro (13-9) and Watanabe (19-6) started off their careers months apart from each other in 2002 and faced off two times. Watanabe won both of those fights by decision. While Watanabe went onto become a pioneer WMMA, Omuro, not reaching the fame of Watanabe, has been a staple of the JWMMA scene fighting for a number of organizations. There are several interesting factors about this fight. First, this fight is taking place in a cage. Second, given that this is an exhibition fight, it is hard to predict how serious they are going to take it. This could be like the exhibition between Megumi Fujii and Watanabe or it could be like Fujii vs Miku minus the last 10 seconds. Third and finally, Watanabe has expressed interest in returning to MMA in the past. However, injuries and other issues have hampered these plans in the past. So is this match just a way of paying respect to an old adversary that helped build the sport or is this a sign of her returning to competition? While Watanabe is still fairly young, 32, her body has taken a lot of punishment and she has gone through injuries. So I tend to take the stance that this is just a fun exhibition for her until other information comes out. If she does come back, that is huge for JWMMA as it will mark the return of one of their biggest stars.
JEWELS 22nd Ring takes place on December 15th and will be their first event in a cage
A fight that shows why Watanabe became famous: