DEEP JEWELS 16 is set to take place on May 20th. One of the most intriguing bouts on the card is the only amateur fight which pits 24-year-old Momoko Yamasaki against a competitor half her age, the 12-year-old who is simply referred to as MoMo. The fight is scheduled to be contested in the 95-pound minimumweight division.
One thing about this matchup which has got the Japanese world talking is the fact that a 12-year-old will make her MMA debut against an adult veteran of four fights. In the amateur rules for DEEP JEWELS, striking to the head on the ground is not allowed. Both fighters will be wearing head gear.
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.”
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.
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 top-three ranked lightweight contender, King Reina, as well as top atomweight contenders, Satomi Takano and Tomo Maesawa.
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