DEEP Jewels 5 crowns new LW Champ Mizuki Inoue, Ayaka Hamasaki impresses at FW

DEEP Jewels Lightweight Champion Mizuki Inoue
DEEP Jewels Lightweight Champion Mizuki Inoue

DEEP Jewels 5 took place on August 9, 2014 and was streamed live from Tokyo’s Differ Ariake Arena. Lightweight Champion Emi Tomimatsu handed over her belt to Mizuki Inoue by way of submission, and Ayaka Hamasaki hugely impressed in her drop to featherweight against Naho Sugiyama.


When Emi Tomimatsu and Mizuki Inoue first met, Tomimatsu took the DEEP Jewels belt due to the technicality – Inoue missed weight and therefore couldn’t win – even though the then 19-year old prodigy submitted her more experienced contender. Tomimatsu, while not counted as a dark horse, wasn’t predicted to reach the finals of the Lightweight Tournament by many. But she did, and the boost it gave her and how she dealt with owning an interim title in the manner in which she received it seems to have been a turning point for the JMMA staple.

Tomimatsu came into the rematch with a very determined game plan to stay and trade punches with her opponent – a known boxing prodigy. And on the surface she looked good doing it, but Inoue’s slick angles and slips were a sight to behold. Inoue watched Tomimatsu’s guard drop and then she would come in over the top with stinging jabs and combinations for which she’s known, sprinkled with kicks.

However, deep into the second, it was Tomimatsu looking the better on the scorecards. Inoue came out of the box strong by getting Tomimatsu into the corner and slamming her with knees and elbows at the beginning of the round, but the breathtaking KO never came, and Tomimatsu kept up her flurries.

It was at the opening of the third where Tomimatsu got really brave, and it was to be her undoing.  She shot for a takedown which Inoue deftly squashed, turned into a drag down, and latched onto an arm.  Tomimatsu almost immediately tapped from it.  After donning the belt, an ironically unexcited Inoue addressed the crowd by first apologizing for her missed weight in the first Championship match, then promised she would get stronger in the future.



Ayaka Hamasaki made her debut at the lower featherweight class a brutal display of aggression against Naho Sugiyama. Both fighters put on a wonderful striking display, and Hamasaki barreled throughout with a combination that claimed a knockdown. With a trip, a shove, and a drag down, Hamasaki then took SugiRock to the canvas and from side control beat on her face with determination.

The affair was very surprising in that it was so one-sided, and Hamasaki took home the MVP award for it. The win put her straight into the 48 kg rankings, and put all the women there on notice – including current Champion Ham Seo-Hee.


Yuko “Amiba” Oya and Sachiko Fujimori put on a back and forth barnburner that elicited squeals of delight from the crowd. Megumi Fujii’s prodigy Amiba shot for her bread and butter double leg repeatedly, but Fujimori adeptly returned the game to the feet. When Amiba refused to give up the game plan, Fujimori slammed her for it, and the remainder of the round was spent on the canvas with a ground and pound finish-prone display. Amiba slapped on an arm bar, but Sachiko rolled out of it for her own back take and pounding to the bell

Amiba doggedly worked Fujimori back to the canvas in the opening of the second and began punching straight away. Fujimori repaid her with a reversal and back take in which she applied a choke desperate for a finish. Amiba would have none of it. She reversed out and stood, then elected to go right bout to ground and pound to finish out the round. The most exciting brawl of the night saw Yuko “Amiba” Oya’s had raised to a unanimous decision.


Kurobe Mina put her heart on display in a bout with the much more experienced Masako Yoshida. Maskao’s kicks looked to pose problems early on, but Kurobe got in and rocked her with punches, then smartly clinched to negate the distance. She got a trip, ended up on the bottom, but swept her way out, and from top position spent the rest of the round trying to figure out Masako’s crafty guard.

Kurobe determined that the fight should be on the ground so she opened the second by shooting. Masako was wise to the effort, but Kurobe then punished her in the clinch with knees and elbows, which won her a unanimous decision.


Miyoko Kusaka may have been pushed around the ring by a very strong Tamaki Usui, but once she won the trip war, she owned the first round with ground and pound from the mount, and a rear naked choke attempt at the bell.

Usui decided to go with a striking game in the second, and again pushed Miyoko into the corners. But Miyoko knew her strong suit, shot for the takedown and smartly transitioned to an arm bar, going face down to get the tap.


In the grappling matches, Saori Ishioka and Yukiko Seki put on an interesting display of tall and lean versus short and stocky. In the first round, Seki made a mistake by playing the taller woman’s game at the start, but was able to use her tight body frame to her advantage in guard. Ishioka made her own mistake when she went for a sweep that didn’t work against Seki’s low center of gravity.

The second round was almost all Ishioka, as she smartly allowed momentum from Seki’s undertook toss to carry her to top position. She allowed Seki to sweep her and from the bottom Ishioka was perfectly happy to work high guard and sit up sweeps. Ishioka took the back towards the end of the round, but Seki went out by attempting her first submission of the night, a foot lock. The judges awarded Ishioka the win.

Satomi “Sarami” Takano and Miura Ayaka displayed aggressiveness and power in their match. Sarami definitely wanted to get guard and jumped for it the entire fight, and Ayaka slammed her in return. Ayaka showed very strong leg control to keep Sarami’s guard open in the first, but in the second she was met with a very tight triangle. Sarami kept it locked on for ages. Ayaka was finally able to transition to north south and pop out, to recover side control, and ended the match with a hip throw. With the sub attempt, however, Sarami earned the split decision.

Kimata Yoshiko used her powerful guard to control Yamaguchi Sayuri for the first round, a smart game that was only countered by a double leg from Yamaguchi. Kimata used the same guard to get a triangle in the second, where she rolled briefly onto the top. Yamaguchi was albe to twist and get a knee on Kimata’s face, but Kimata rolled her over at the bell and earned the unanimous decision.

Following the event, DEEP boss Shigeru Saeki as reported by MMA Rising said that DEEP Jewels 6 will take place on November 3rd and will be live streamed.


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DEEP Jewels 5
August 9, 2014
Shinjuku Face
Tokyo, Japan

Lightweight Championship
Mizuki Inoue defeats Emi Tomimatsu by Submission, Armbar, rd 3, 1:33

Ayaka Hamasaki defeats Naho Sugiyama by TKO rd 1, 4:01

Yuko Oya defeats Sachiko Fujimori by UD

Kurobe Mina defeats Masako Yoshida by UD

Miyoko Kusaka defeats Tamaki Usui by Submission, Armbar, rd 2, 2:40

Grappling matches

Saori Ishioka defeats Yukiko Seki by UD

Sarami defeats Miura Akaya by split decision

Kimata Yoshiko defeats Yamaguchi Sayuri by UD