DEEP JEWELS have confirmed that the scheduled 155-pound lightweight fight between King Reina and Kristin Handel will main event the May 20th DEEP JEWELS 16 card. The card is shaping up to be one of the biggest in the organization’s history.
King Reina is currently 3-0-0 in her professional mixed martial arts career and has looked nothing short of sensational in all her performances. She made her professional debut in November 2016, submitting Eriko Iwamoto in the first round, following an Armbar. This past February she dominated a UFC veteran in Shayna Baszler to pick up the unanimous decision victory. She returned just three weeks ago to defeat a heavyweight opponent in Jazzy Gabert at RIZIN Fighting Federation 5.
Reina has made it no secret that she plans to be the woman to put the 155-pound lightweight division on the map. Much like in the way that Ronda Rousey did for the 135-pound bantamweight division and Cris Cyborg with the 145-pound featherweight division. She possesses world-class Judo skills, as displayed by the way she was able to takedown her heavyweight opponent with ease. She is currently the number three ranked 155-pound lightweight competitor in the world, behind Bobbi-Jo Dalziel and Sarah Patterson.
Meanwhile, Handel (1-0-0) will be coming off an over four-year layoff, she made her professional debut back in February 2013, taking out Katharina Albinus by way of split decision. She trains out of German Top Team and has previously competed as a featherweight, she will make her 155-lb lightweight debut for this fight.
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DEEP JEWELS 16 takes place on May 20th. The event will be streamed live on the DEEP JEWELS website. Also expected to be on the card is 12-year-old MoMo making her amateur MMA debut against 24-year-old Momoko Yamazaki, as well as a battle of top atomweights when Satomi Takano and Tomo Maesawa collide.