This Saturday at DEEP JEWELS 16, 12-year-old MoMo will make her amateur MMA debut to take on a veteran of five fights, Momoko Yamazaki. The pair will meet at the minimumweight of 95-pounds.
The announcement of the match-up was met with extreme backlash from international audiences via social media. However, MoMo’s manager Shu Hirata has jumped to the 12-year-old’s defense ahead of Saturday’s big fight. He assures WMMA Rankings that MoMo will definitely win. Take a look at his statement below.
“Momo has been training MMA six times a week at least three hours a day ever since when she was in the kindergarten. Momo already had 100 amateur fights in BJJ, kickboxing and karate combined which is far more experience than her upcoming opponent Momoko Yamazaki who actually works at Hostess Bar and barely trains. This is not the first time Jewels put teenagers against adult. They have done 12 yr old vs adult and 13 yr old adult in the past and in both fights a younger fighter won via submission.
As you know, Momo is from team Hakushinkai Karate and this team is known for producing teenagers that can beat adults in MMA. One of Momo’s team mates, Yukari, won her first pro MMA fight at age 16. In the same year she conquered Shoot Boxing S-cup tourney by beating established fighters like MIO and Mei Yamaguchi (now fights for ONE). Another team mate of Momo, Naoki Inoue fought two ammy MMA fights at age 13 and won both fights against adults. Made a pro MMA debut at age 15 and since then posted a perfect record of 10-0 and signed with UFC at age 19.
And I am sure you know about Mizuki (Inoue) currently fights for Invicta FC right? She won Shoot Boxing and MMA title at age 16 and received an UFC offer at age 18. She submitted Alex Chambers when she was 16 and also defeated Bec Rowlings when she was 18. I strongly believe team Hakushinkai Karate is a hidden gem in today’s MMA.
Finally, Shigeru Saeki of DEEP and DEEP Jewels has been promoting MMA events since 2001 and he has promoted almost 400 MMA events which is more than almost any other promoters in the business so I believe he knows what he is doing.
On May 20th we all strongly believe Momo would beat Yamazaki so I think it’s gonna be a public humiliation for Yamazaki.”
MoMo (0-0 Am) will be hoping for a successful showing in her MMA debut. It should be noted that the 12-year-old weighs roughly 86-pounds, so Momo will be giving up around 9 lbs to fight an adult. She trains out of Hakuhinkai Karate, the team that has produced notable Japanese talents including Mizuki, Naoki Inoue, and Yukari Yamaguchi.
Yamasaki (2-3 Am) is coming off two losses and is hoping to get back in the win column by taking out her 12-year-old opponent who is currently a seventh grader. The 24-year-old is a former street-fighter who was bullied in junior high school. According to the press release from DEEP JEWELS, the experience is said to have triggered her to became a delinquent which lead to series of “tale of triumphs on the street.”
DEEP JEWELS 16 takes place this Saturday May 20th. The event will be streamed live on the DEEP JEWELS website. Also expected to be on the card is top-three ranked lightweight contender, King Reina, as well as top atomweight contenders, Satomi Takano and Tomo Maesawa.