Two pivotal women’s MMA fights are set to take place before the year closes out which fight fans cannot miss. Both bouts will determine the number-one fighter in the world at their respective weight-classes.
Ayaka Hamasaki (c) vs. Seo Hee Ham, Atomweight World Title
In the opening hours of December 31st at 1am EST, RIZIN 20 airs live on pay-per-view worldwide via FITE.tv. The event features a hugely important women’s atomweight title fight between Ayaka Hamasaki (19-2-0) and Seo Hee Ham. Both women are ranked number-one and number-two respectively in the WMMA World Rankings. The winner of the bout will head into 2020 having clearly established themselves as the top women’s atomweight fighter on the planet. Hamasaki is undefeated at atomweight, whilst Hee Ham has only ever lost to Hamasaki in the weight-class. The pair have fought on two occasions prior, with Hamasaki emerging victorious in both. Almost a decade has passed since the initial two meetings and both fighters have evolved significantly, making the December 31st showdown a highly compelling bout.
Kayla Harrison vs. Larissa Pacheco, Lightweight World Title
Later that same day, at the PFL 2019 #10 event, airing live on ESPN 2 from 6pm EST, Kayla Harrison (6-0-0) and Larissa Pacheco (13-3-0) battle to win $1 million dollars and become the organization’s first ever lightweight world champion. Both Harrison and Pacheco are ranked number-one and number-two respectively in the WMMA Lightweight World Rankings. The fight will be a rematch from an encounter this past May when Harrison picked up the unanimous decision win. Pacheco proved to be Harrison’s toughest competitor to date, and is the only woman to take her the distance. Harrison has been the odds on favorite to win the organization’s lightweight tournament ever since it begun at the beginning of the year, however Pacheco made a huge impression in her last showing, dominating Sarah Kaufman for the upset unanimous decision win. The winner of the bout will head into 2020 as the number-one fighter in the world at a newly established weight-class in MMA.
RIZIN 20, featuring Hamasaki vs. Seo Hee Ham for the atomweight title, takes place on Tuesday December 31, 2019, from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will be aired live on FITE.tv from 1am EST.
PFL 2019 #10, headlined by Harrison vs. Pacheco for the lightweight title, takes place on Tuesday December 31, 2019, from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. The main card will be aired live on ESPN 2 from 6pm EST.