Hooper's biggest obstacle was Yamanaka's length, as the CSW product
wanted to keep the fight on the feet. The American could not get in
close enough to tee off on the Japanese fighter with her quick,
tight punches. Yamanaka stayed on the outside, circling just out of
Hooper's range while throwing the occasional crisp jab between
countless cracking low kicks that made Hooper's left leg red and
purple. Yamanaka also caught Hooper in the Thai plum several times,
where she delivered knees to the body, though the American
deflected most of the blows.
Round two was more of the same. Yamanaka was perfectly happy to
stay on the outside, racking up damage with her resounding low
kicks. Hooper continued to give chase, working Yamanaka into the
corners, but she was still unable to close the distance despite
Barnett exhorting her to throw her punches farther and Hiroyuki
Abe calling for her to step into range.
Thus, Yamanaka, a former dominatrix and Smackgirl open-weight
queen, walked away with a handy unanimous decision courtesy of
Umeki and Akira Yamazaki.
Japanese MMA ironwoman Misaki
Takimoto got back on the winning track by handing Yukiko Seki
her sixth loss in a row. Though Seki came to fight, her
forward-pressing punches were ineffective on the karateka. Takimoto
dropped Seki to all fours after feeding her three well-placed knees
in the clinch, then took her back easily. While Takimoto couldn't
soften Seki up with punches from behind to sink the choke, she was
able to transition for the armbar instead after several failed
choke attempts. Seki tapped at the 3:40 mark of the first.
Sugiyama proved too much for Team Hellboy Hansen product
Haga, dishing out a two-round beating on the Norwegian import.
Besides the occasional big right hand reminiscent of her trainer
Hansen, Haga was tentative to the point of paralysis, unable to
defend against Sugiyama's long middle kicks and more precise
punches. Haga resorted to shooting for takedowns, but was either
repeatedly reversed or stuffed, leading her to gas early.
Sugiyama, sprawled or on top in guard, racked up more and more
punches to the body. She also earned a yellow card for accidentally
hitting Haga in the head twice while on the ground, which did
little to help Haga and only proved to hamper the flow of the bout.
In the end, Sugiyama handily took the decision on the scorecards of
Wada, Yamazaki and Serizawa.
Nagano put Shinsaki
Ozawa away quickly, locking up an armbar for a quick referee
stoppage early in the first round. Nagano quickly established
herself by capturing mount early on, but she was unable to create
openings with ground-and-pound and referee Yoshinori
Umeki stood her up soon after for inactivity. It didn't matter
much. Ozawa botched a takedown, giving Nagano the mount again, as
well as her arm. Before Ozawa could tap, Umeki called the bout at
Oikawa pressed forward until momentum got her in perfect
position for an early armbar finish over perennial women's MMA
Harumi. After charging forward with punches, Oikawa got into
the clinch, where she attempted to jump into guard or throw Harumi.
Harumi foiled these attempts to take the fight down and instead ate
many punches from Oikawa before falling under her to give up the
mount. Oikawa transitioned easily to the armbar and got the tap at
2:22 of the first period.
Oya started out trading on the feet with Hanako
Kobayashi, but after landing a few solid punches, she ate quite
a few hard shots herself. Switching tactics to pursue takedowns,
she suffered through less punishment while racking up the points.
On the ground, however, Oya was essentially rendered ineffective
when she couldn’t punch to the face to create openings for
submission attempts. Oya thus took a lackluster decision after two
rounds from judges Wada, Umeki and Yamazaki.
Kicking off the evening, Miki
Morifuji knocked out Mayu when Mayu decided the best way to
block punches was with her face. Mayu fell at the 16-second mark
and was counted out for the knockout.
In other bouts, kickboxer Kozue “Azuma” Nagashima and Jewels poster
Ishioka each took decisions over Misato Tomita and Kanako Oka
respectively in Shootboxing rules bouts. Upon emerging victorious,
Ishioka called out top pound-for-pound female mixed martial artist
Fujii for a future bout in Jewels.
“I know you've got a lot of things going on, like competing in ADCC
for example, but if things can work out, would you grant me a
match?” asked Ishioka.
“The honor would be mine,” replied a gracious Fujii, who earlier
that evening had hinted at a July return to the Jewels ring.
Shootboxing's Rena Kubota also indicated that she will make her
Jewels debut in the near future.