DEEP Jewels 7 took place on February 21, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Women’s 48kg Grand Prix opening round yielded for fighters who move on in the hopes of gaining Ham Seo-Hee’s vacated title.
With Pan Hui and Miura Ayaka out of the tournament to injury and illness, their former opponents Miyoko Kusaka and V.V Mei Yamaguchi faced one another instead. Reservist Miyoko ended up on the wrong side of V.V’s punches very early in the game. V.V got the KO finish to secure her spot in the semis.
Mina Kurobe showed that age is just a number when she and Emi Tomimatsu traded punches and tackles for two rounds. Both women defended take downs well, and got right back into the punching game. Kurobe’s aggression in the very close match swayed two out of three judges in her favor to get the split decision.
Sarami used repeated throw attempts to try to put Masako Yoshida where she wanted her. When Yoshida thwarted them, Sarami showed she was also willing to stand and bang. Sarami nailed her throws in the second, and controlled Yoshida on the ground with pounding and choke attempts, earning the decision with an impressive performance.
Tomo Maesawa brutalized Yukiko Seki with punches to work her way to a Unanimous Decision. Maesawa had a first round throw, but even though she was better in the clinch and Seki was returning fire, Maesawa was much more devastating with her fists.
Maesawa will face Sarami, and V.V Mei will face Kurobe in the semifinals of the DEEP Jewels 48kg Grand Prix.
In the opening match, an unusual ten-minute tag-team grappling match went the distance to a win on points. AACC’s team Ayaka Hamasaki and Amiba played rock-paper-scizzors for the first to enter the ring and it was Hamasaki who stepped in to do work.
She ripped off an amazing 45 second arm bar against Sachiko Fujimori. Amiba then tagged in with Emi Fujino, and they four women went back and forth with no more submissions to the bell. Hamasaki’s early arm bar gave their team the win.
February 21, 2015
V.V Mei Yamaguchi def Miyoko Kusaka by KO, knee, rd 1,
Mina Kurobe def Emi Tomimatsu by Split Decision
Satomi Takano def Masako Yoshida by UD
Tomo Maesawa def Yukiko Seki by Unanimous Decision
#1 – Grappling Tag Team match – 10 minutes or 3 submissions
Emi Fujino 藤野恵実（和術慧舟會GODS） ＆
Sachiko Fujimori 藤森祥子（Brightness門馬道場）
Ayaka Hamasaki 浜崎朱加（AACC）＆
Yuko Oya Amiba アミバ（AACC）
Ayaka Hamasaki and Amiba win by Points, 1-0