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DEEP Announces Four Female Fights for New Year’s Eve Card

Yamaguchi and Hamasaki
Yamaguchi and Hamasaki

Japanese MMA on New Year’s Eve has been a tradition for the past decade. This year, DEEP MMA will have the honor of bring a card to the Tokyo crowd.

DEEP will borrow talent from it’s sister organization DEEP-JEWELS to bring four female bouts on the card.

InvictaFC vet Ayaka Hamasaki will take on former Valkyrie champion Mei Yamaguchi in an atomweight bout.

Hamasaki (10-1), the former D-J 116 champion, looked impressive in her return to the ring as she defeated former atomweight champion Naho Sugiyama this past August. Hamasaki’s only loss was to UFC title contender Claudia Gadelha.

Yamaguchi (12-7) rebounded from close decision losses to gain a first round choke over Yukiko Seki at DEEP-JEWELS in May.

Fresh off her win a few weeks ago, WSOF vet Emi Fujino (14-8) will take on Emi Tomimatsu (8-8), who is also coming off a win this month.

Returning MMA legend Satoko Shinashi (30-2-2) looks to keep the comeback going taking on Rika Hamada (1-0).

Rounding out the card, Japanese bantamweight Shizuka Sugiyama (12-4-1) looks for her second straight win as she battles former boxing champion Emiko Raika.

Another female bout maybe added as Satoko Shinashi has asked for a fight against Korean star Song Ga-Yeon .

The event will be in a cage versus the traditional ring.

No word on if the event will stream or air in the U.S.

Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Naho Sugiyama Announced for DEEP-JEWELS

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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.