Smackgirl 06/30 Top Girl Battle – Fight Card

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    Post subject: Smackgirl 06/30 Top Girl Battle – Fight Card PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 9:06 pm

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    Smackgirl has announced the first three fights for their June 30th show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

    The late June card will feature two semifinal bouts in the 2006 Next Cinderella Tournaments. On May 3rd, T-BLOOD femme Miki Morifuji showed her gym’s characteristic ground and pound attack as she pounded out Miuzho Sato in her quarterfinal bout of the Smackgirl Middleweight Next Cinderella Tournament. She will now meet karate stylist Sakura Nakamura, who advanced to the semifinals by taking a hard fought split decision over Kinuka Sasaki on April 22nd, in her mixed martial arts debut. The winner of the bout will meet the winner of the upcoming bout between Kanako Takeshita and Kazu Moroboshi in the finals to take place at Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex on July 23rd.

    The flyweight Next Cinderella bracket will see semifinal action between Angura product Fukuko Hamada and Taeko Nagamine. Smackgirl had previously announced that two females would be seeded into the semifinals of the Middleweight Next Cinderella Tournament, and have now afforded those spots to Nagamine, and as well, KM Maki. Nagamine made an impressive showing for herself in her pro debut, taking a narrow decision victory over allstar joshi grappler Yasuko Mogi on April 22nd, earning her way into the Next Cinderella Tournament. Hamada advanced to the semifinals on April 22nd by dominating Nagoya-based fighter Aya, winning with an armbar submission just over four minutes into the first round. The winner of this bout will reach the finals to face the winner of the semifinal between the afforementioned KM Maki and Dragon Gym’s Mitsuki which will also take place on July 23rd at the Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex.

    The biggest story of the card however, is that it will be the tenth anniversary for joshi groundbreaker Yoko Takahashi. Takahashi debuted in 1996, when she took part in the landmark U TOP Tournament, a two day women’s vale tudo tournament. Takahashi lost to eventual winner, Russian judoka Elina Rodina. After five years of puroresu, Takahashi returned to the ring in 2001, and has been a Smackgirl regular ever since, becoming known for her rivalries with Dutch fighets Irma Verhoef and Marloes Coenen. Now, she will meet sambo expert Michiko Takeda. Takeda, the 68 kilogram Sambo world champion in 1996, debuted in August of 2004 against joshi puroresu star Fang Suzuki, going to a time limit draw. Takeda will look to turn her MMA career for the better by taking on the pioneer Takahashi.

    Smackgirl Executive Committee and Upper Life Present Smackgirl: Top Girl Battle
    June 30th, 2006
    Korakuen Hall
    Tokyo, Japan
    Doors Open: 17:30
    Fights Start: 18:00

    Tentative Fight Card (Card Subject To Change):

    Open, 2R 5M
    Yoko Takahashi (Freelance) vs. Michiko Takeda (Zendokai Headquarters)

    2006 Smackgirl Middleweight Next Cinderella Tournament Semifinal
    58 KG, 2R 5M
    Sakura Nakamura (Zendokai Headquarters) vs. Miki Morifuji (T-BLOOD)

    2006 Smackgirl Flyweight Next Cinderella Tournament Semifinal
    48 KG, 2R 5M
    Taeko Nagamine (Zendokai Headquarters) vs. Fukuko Hamada (Sogokakutougi Angura)
    Morifuji is going to run over Nakamura. Discuss
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    Post subject: NEW FIGHTS, TAKAHASHI INTERVIEWPostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:20 pm

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    As Yoko Takahashi prepares for her 10th Anniversary bout with Michiko Takeda, she gave an interview earlier today disclosing some of her thoughts concerning her anniversary and the future. Takahashi remarked upon the development of women’s MMA, saying,”Before, there wasn’t much activity, but now, there are so many fights and shows happening. The sport has given rise to and supported a lot of women and has come so far. When I fight now, its show to show that women can do MMA too, not just men.” Takahashi then remarked upon the state of her career saying, “Its been a tough year as I’ve not only been training for MMA, but also in boxing, jujitsu, etc, and having my gym close. But for my 10th anniversary, I’d like to promise to myself to really use the injection of energy this thing’s given me so that I can close my career the best I can.” She then closed the interview enigmatically, saying, “One is always workng for something. Every fight pushes one closer to this something, this something inside one. We never know what it is, but its always telling us to come closer.”

    Takahashi’s opponent on the 30th will be Michiko Takeda, a junior to Miwako Ishihara, who Takahashi has battled four times in the past. Although Takahashi knew little about her opponent’s fighting background, she still considered Takeda to be strong and definitely a threat in the ring. It was also announced that Karate idol, Yuka Kobayashi, would participate on the card as well as rising Karate star and high school student Madoka Okada. Okada, a high-level Kyokushin practitioner, gained fame for her performances at the 23rd All-Japan Weight Class Women’s Tournament, and with three victories in MMA already behind her attention has been growing around her.

    Smackgirl Executive Commitee and Upper Life Present:
    Smackgirl – Top Girl Battle
    June 30th, 2006
    Korakuen Hall
    Tokyo, Japan
    Doors Open: 17:30
    Fights Start: 18:00

    Tentative Fight Card (Card Subject to Change)

    58kg, 2R 5M
    Madoka Okada (Nishiyama Dojo) vs. Yui Tatsubun (Kakutougi Club)

    Full-Contact Karate Rules
    Yuka Kobayashi (Nishiyama Dojo) vs. TBA

    Open, 2R 5M
    Yoko Takahashi (Freelance) vs. Michiko Takeda (Zendokai Headquarters)

    2006 Smackgirl Middleweight Next Cinderella Tournament Semifinal
    58 KG, 2R 5M
    Sakura Nakamura (Zendokai Headquarters) vs. Miki Morifuji (T-BLOOD)

    2006 Smackgirl Flyweight Next Cinderella Tournament Semifinal
    48 KG, 2R 5M
    Taeko Nagamine (Zendokai Headquarters) vs. Fukuko Hamada (Sogokakutougi Angura)

    Winner Take All Rules Match
    52 KG, 3R 5M
    Yuka Tsuji (Sogokakutougi Angura) vs. WINDY Tomomi (PANCRASEism)
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    derUbermensc
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:12 pm

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    From Complete Vale Tudo Access:

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    Smackgirl have added even more star power to an already outstanding card line up.

    Female grappling and mixed martial arts ace Megumi Fujii of Abe Ani Combat Club was hoping for a top foreign competitor to face at Smackgirl’s Top Girl Battle. While Smackgirl was unable to find international opposition for “Mega Megu”, a problem which has arisen time and time again in her career, Fujii will be in for a tough test of another nature. Under Smackgirl special rules, featuring no time limit on the ground and full ground and pound, Fujii will take on Tomoegumi’s Tama Chan.

    Fujii normally competes in the 52 kilogram weight class, and walks around only a kilogram or two above that weight limit. Chan, however, is nearly ten kilograms heavier than Fujii. Fujii was unconcerned about the weight difference, and stated simply that the differential wouldn’t force her out of her usual fight style. The 2005 Abu Dhabi Combat Club competitor said that in the fight, which will be contested at a 61 kilogram weight contract, she would rely on her speed, and hoped to be able to show it in the stand up.

    Fujii’s teammate, Hitomi Akano, will also be in action. Akano, Smackgirl’s Middleweight Next Cinderella Tournament Champion in 2005, has quickly cemented her status as an elite joshi competitor, with wins over Takayo Hashi and American Debi Purcell. Akano also recently travelled to the United States to take on one of the sport’s top females, Tara Larosa. At the end of a hotly competitive ground contest, Akano lost a unanimous decision, but impressed the crowd at Boardwalk Hall with her ability. She will look to redeem herself as she faces another American fighter in recently married Emma Bush, formerly Emma Nielsen, out of Charlie’s Combat Club.

    Smackgirl Executive Commitee and Upper Life Present: Smackgirl – Top Girl Battle
    June 30th, 2006
    Korakuen Hall
    Tokyo, Japan
    Doors Open: 17:30
    Fights Start: 18:00

    Tentative Fight Card (Card Subject to Change)

    2006 Smackgirl Flyweight Next Cinderella Tournament Semifinal
    48 KG, 2R 5M
    Taeko Nagamine (Zendokai Headquarters) vs. Fukuko Hamada (MMA Angura)

    2006 Smackgirl Middleweight Next Cinderella Tournament Semifinal
    58 KG, 2R 5M
    Sakura Nakamura (Zendokai Headquarters) vs. Miki Morifuji (T-BLOOD)

    58kg, 2R 5M
    Madoka Okada (Nishiyama Dojo) vs. Yui Tatsubun (9 Kakutougi Club)

    50 KG, 2R 5M
    Ayumi Saito (MMA Angura) vs. Sayahana Takase (Zendokai Headquarters)

    52 KG, 2R 5M
    Seri (Tomoegumi) vs. Kyoko Takabayashi (ALIVE)

    58 KG, 2R 5M
    Kinuka Sasaki (MMA Angura) vs. Takayo Hashi (Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo Headquarters)

    65 KG, 2R 5M
    Hitomi Akano (Abe Ani Combat Club) vs. Emma Bush (Charlie’s Combat Club)

    48 KG, 2R 5M
    Mariko Fujimoto (Team Black Ships) vs. Yukiko Seki (Tomoegumi)

    48 KG, 2R 5M
    Naoko Ohmuro (Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo Headquarters) vs. Shiho Yamato (Zendokai Headquarters)

    Open, 2R 5M
    Yoko Takahashi (Tomoegumi) vs. Michiko Takeda (Zendokai Headquarters)

    61 KG, 2R 5M
    Megumi Fujii (Abe Ani Combat Club) vs. Tama Chan (Tomoegumi)

    Winner Take All Rules Match, For The Smackgirl Lightweight Championship
    52 KG, 3R 5M
    WINDY Tomomi (PANCRASEism) vs. Yuka Tsuji (MMA Angura)

    Also Scheduled To Compete:
    Yuka Kobayashi (Nishiyama Dojo)
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