This article contains a full breakdown of the fight between Japanese stars, Megumi Fujii and “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi. We will introduce the fighters, their skills in striking, takedowns, grappling and more. At the end of the article there will also be video interviews and highlights from both of these fighters.
Full Breakdown and Videos after the Break
Known as “The Queen of the Quick Kill” (秒殺女王), Megumi Fujii is one of the best fighters off all time. With a record of 25-2 and 15 of those victories coming within the first round, Megumi has certainly earned her nickname. Coming off of a controversial loss to Jessica Aguilar and with her fight-career winding down, one can be sure that Fujii will be coming to fight. Fujii is an expert grappler, with 19 wins by submission, who has strived to improve her striking in recent years. Despite her boxing improvements, both of her controversial losses came in fights where she stuck primarily to striking. So one can expect Fujii to return to her roots in this fight, using her strikes to set up takedowns.
Fujii’s opponent, Mei Yamaguchi has been fighting professionally since 2007, amassing a MMA record of 10-4-1 and a Shoot Boxing record of 7-4. Known for her karate strikes, throws and desire to put on exciting fights, Mei is a fan favorite in Japan. Mei is definitely the underdog going into this fight, a situation that is not new to her. In 2010, Yamaguchi fought her 2nd fight against Japanese WMMA Pioneer, Yuka Tsuji. Going into the fight Tsuji was 22-1 and on a 14 fight win streak. That didn’t stop Mei from stepping up to the plate and submitting Tsuji in a little over a minute. With the opportunity to fight another legend in Megumi Fujii, one can expect Mei to bring it. A victory over Fujii and Tsuji would ensure her name in the history of WMMA.
The fight takes place at the VTJ show on the 24th and will be contested over two 5 minute rounds in a cage. This will not be either of the fighters first fight in a cage. Neither of the fighters have shown problems transitioning to the cage before and I do not foresee it being an issue in this match.
Mega Megu is primarily a boxer. Being a South Paw, she throws a lot of right hooks and lead lefts. Recently, she has been more aggressive with her striking. This led to her taking a lot of unnecessary shots as she was countered coming in. Look for Fujii to have learned from this. She also stated that she wanted to use her boxing to set up takedowns. So look for her to drive V.V Mei to the cage to take her down or to try to force a clinch to get the takedown.
V.V Mei comes from a Karate background and it is evident in her fights. She likes to stay at a distance, drive forward with strikes then return to a distance. She is also primarily a puncher who likes to work knees in the clinch. Much like Fujii, she likes to use strikes to drive her opponents into the cage/ropes. Once there she likes to work the clinch and go for the takedown. However, one must wonder if Mei would prefer a stand-up battle to a grappling battle on the ground. She has seen video of Fujii’s two losses where a majority of the fight was standing. Mei is a competent striker who can take a punch so who knows what her game plan may be.
Fujii has been practicing Judo since she was three years old and added Sambo and wrestling to her skill sets later on. While she does go for double-leg and single-leg takedowns, she primarily takes people down from the clinch. Fujii has been known to pull rare/flashy moves out of her repertoire. Examples of this include her sliding take down of Serin Murray and her fight with Karla Benitez where she did her best Imanari impression.
Mei comes from a Karate and Jiu-Jitsu background. She prefers to take people down from the clinch, usually while they are pressed against the cage/ropes. Mei also likes to take her opponents backs. She will wait for over-extended strikes or missed takedown/clinch attempts to wrap around her opponents backs. Against Ham Seo Hee she used this to take her down and against Yuka Tsuji she used it to sink in a choke. Mei also has a lot of experience throwing/suplexing people in Shoot Boxing.
Simply put, Megumi Fujii is dangerous on the ground. While she prefers to be on top, she will pull guard and does attack with submissions and sweeps from the bottom. Megumi Fujii has been submitted at ADCC before, but those were all against larger opponents. In her MMA career, she has never been in real danger of being submitted. If her record shows anything, it is that she sets up a lot of armbars. Don’t let that fool you because she will go for chokes and dive for leg locks. She is well versed in Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Wrestling and Catch-Wrestling. It shows.
Mei, coming from a Jiu-Jitsu background, does like fighting on the ground. One difference that I have noticed between her and Fujii though, is that Mei is not an offensive fighter off of her back. When Mei is on her back, she likes to lock her opponents in guard. When she is on top, in the past, she has preferred ground and pound to setting up submissions. It is worth noting that her nicknames “V.V” and “V Hajime” are references to the V-1 armlock. When she used to compete in Jiu-Jitsu she was very good at this move so she decided to include it in her nickname.
Both fighters are extremely tough. Both have faced off against tough, larger opponents time and time again. V.V Mei is a regular of the Girl’s S-Cup tournament, fighting up to 3 fights in one night. During this years tournament, she was hit hard by Lorena, who appeared to be much larger. She also had Mika Nagano hanging off of her arm with an armbar and her face didn’t even flinch. They don’t come much tougher than Mei. Fujii in her fights with Zoila and Jessica showed that she can take a punch and keep coming forward. Both of these fighters are fighters that don’t break easy and keep attacking.
V.V Mei is the kind of fighter that fuels off of the crowd. When she lands a good strike or gets a throw (Shoot Boxing) and the crowd reacts, you can see her visibly get more intense. It reminds me of when the Hulk used to Hulk up in professional wrestling. Two examples are her fights with Mika Nagano and Lorena Klijn. As the crowd cheered, she started trading punches with Mika landing time and time again, sealing her victory. In her fight with Lorena, she landed a throw on Lorena and started pumping up as Lorena got back up and landed another throw immediately. If Mei gets the opportunity to start pumping up, it may turn the fight in her favor as the judges in Japan like her aggressive strikes. Also, one of Mei’s training partners is Emi Fujino. Emi has fought against Fujii and Fujii student Hamasaki. Her experience fighting the two could prove invaluable to Mei.
Megumi isn’t as emotional as a fighter as Mei is, striving to feel like she does during practice during a fight. She will have a 3 inch reach advantage going into the fight and will also possess a ton of experience. That is not to say that Mei isn’t experienced, but it is hard to match a fighter who has been practicing Judo since she was 3. Another factor going into this fight is that Megumi is coming off of a loss that she felt she won. She is going to come into this fight to win.
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