Rin Nakai (9-0) captured the inaugural Valkyrie open-weight title with a doctor stoppage win over Mizuho Sato in Tokyo on Sunday. The former gymnast battered Sato with knees from the clinch, causing a possible orbital fracture which forced the ringside physician to halt the action at the end of the first round. Nakai stated before the fight that, were she to win the title, she'd like to compete in the U.S. at 125 or 135 pounds. In the main event, featherweight champion Mei "V-Hajime" Yamaguchi retained her title by drawing with Kyoko Takabayashi after three rounds. Photo by Sportsnavi.
Mika Nagano will meet South Korea's Seo Hee Ham in the semifinals of Jewels' lightweight title tournament on Dec. 17 in Tokyo. The winner of that bout faces the winner of Sakura Nomura vs. Ayaka Hamazaki later on that same night. The semifinal bouts were determined by a random draw at Sunday's Jewels show. Photo by GBRing.
Retiring DEEP women's 106-pound champion Miku Matsumoto (center) will face the unbeaten Megumi Fujii (right) in an exhibition match at DEEP's "47th Impact" on April 17th. No details were immediately available regarding the rules of the bout. The card will also play host to the semifinals and finals of DEEP's 2010 Light Heavyweight GP which opened up at last week's "46th Impact." Ryuta Noji (9-5) vs. Shunsuke Inoue (8-4-2) Christian "Tonton" M’Pumbu (15-2-1) vs. Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (6-1)
"I really want to fight [in America] and I'm open to offers. God willing, I'll be there soon. I'm making my way, step by step. I want to face [Cris "Cyborg" Santos], but at the right time. I don't want to skip steps, but gradually get there," she says that while waiting for international opportunities, she wants to return to the Bitetti Combat octagon. -- "Lioness of the Rings" Amanda Nunes (5-1) speaking to GracieMag following her TKO win over Ediane Gomes at Bitetti Combat 6.
"I intend to do some training and Muay Thai fights to get back into the ring, and soon be able to meet great fighters like Cyborg [Santos], India [Gomes] and Carina Damm who, despite being in [weight classes] above mine, I admire a lot and mirror professionally." -- Fabiana Belai, the Muay Thai fighter who some are calling "the Brazilian Gina Carano" "She's the most promising thing I've seen in my gym in terms of talent, speed and technique. I'm sure that she's soon going to be bad for the other competitors in the category up to 58kg (128 pounds)." -- trainer Paulo Nikolai of Fighters Camp via Portal do Vale Tudo
23 year old women's bantamweight prospect Miesha Tate moves her overall record to 8-2 over the weekend at Freestyle Cage Fighting 38 in Oklahoma. Full results below Freestyle Cage Fighting 38 Tulsa, OK Diego Garcia def. Blake Dressler by Submission Guillotine Choke 1:34 RD1 Bert Ramos def. Travis Busby by TKO 1:08 RD2 Steven Tackett def. Jason Everhart by Submission Armbar 1:53 RD1 Mollie Estes def. Cheyenne Stokes by Submission Guillotine Choke 1:03 RD2 Codale Ford def. Chuck Enoch by Unanimous Decision Tye Brown def. Turull Bloomer by TKO 1:43 RD1 David Heath def. Jason Freeman by Submission Verbal Tap from Head Kick 4:18 RD1 Miesha Tate def. Valerie Coolbaugh by Submission Armbar 4:45 RD1 Doug Sparks def. Ryan McClain by Submission Triangle Choke 1:09 RD2 Joey Gorczynski def. Chad Leonhardt by Submission Guillotine Choke 2:27 RD1 HT: Uniting Locals Through Mixed Martial Arts