Ayaka Hamasaki will try her hand at atomweight upon her return to action.
It was announced Monday morning Hamasaki will take on former JEWELS 105 champ Naho Sugoyama on the upcoming DEEP-JEWELS card which will take place in Tokyo, Japan August 9.
Hamasaki (9-1) was rumored to be dropping down from strawweight to atomweight earlier this year but had stated in an interview a month ago she wasn’t interested. With the announcement, she has seemed to change her mind. Her only loss was to current UFC signee Claudia Gadelha at Invicta last year.
Sugiyama (10-3) had lost in her bid to get the InvictaFC atomweight title, losing to Jessica Penne, and lost the JEWELS 105 title to Seo Hee Ham. She has since won back to back fights and looks to climb the ladder once again.
In another match announced, D-J strawweight tournament winner Emi Tomimatsu and finalist Mizuki Inoue will rematch for the 115 belt. Inoue missed weight before the tournament finals against Tomimatsu, which caused her to be penalized in the match and fight a battle in which she could not win the belt.
The event will stream on their UStream channel for $12 August 9.
Thanks to Charlie from the CJ Report for contributing to this article.