It's much too quiet around number one ranked pound for pound MMA fighter, Megumi Fujii. Longtime, Japanese fighting star Megumi flies under the radar in the world of women's MMA. Fans will have a chance to see her in action when she faces Jessica "JAG" Aguilar at Bellator 69 on May 18, 2012, shown on MTV2 in the US.
No trash talking, just fighting
Personally, I would love to hear some Japanese-style trash-talking to spice things up. But that is not going to happen between now and fight time. Megumi doesn't speak English, but her sense of humor comes through in this funny video featuring her punching her training partner--hard.
Girl KO's guy w/ Bodyshot (Megumi Fujii) hilarious video
Megumi says she started training in mixed martial arts because that was the obvious next step for her to use her experience in grappling arts in a new way. Somehow, after listening to Megumi talk about samurai swordsmen and fighting, I think her trash-talking would be very subtle and seriously deadly.
In a GrapplingDummy.com interview, Megumi explained, "Of course, I've never met a samurai, but I'm very interested in them. I think their senses were very advanced, even though they didn't really have anything. They were very strong human beings. I think that's relevant to fighting...There is something about the samurai way. Fighting is something noble. You have to feel like you're challenging yourself. When I fight, it's impossible to feel completely calm. I want to feel like I do in training. To become totally objective in my fights is what I want. Of course, when fighting, I can feel emotional, but I still want to pursue that objectivity."
The Grappling Dummy: Megumi Fujii, September 2010 (an interview with sub-titles) video
Megumi trains with Strikeforce Heavyweight Josh Barnett
I checked Megumi's Facebook page to get the scoop on her career. "Fujii specializes mainly in submission fighting and is renowned for her quick takedowns and submissions. Her most popular move is the Inazuma toe hold submission, dubbed the Megulock...Fujii was trained in MMA by Shooto veteran Hiroyuki Abe and professional wrestler, Pride Fighting Championships alumni, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and King of Pancrase, Josh Barnett. She has trained several other female MMA fighters herself, including current top fighter Hitomi Akano." source
In a video interview from October of 2010, Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett, said that he had been training Megumi Fujii, the number one ranked pound for pound female MMA fighter in the world, for over eight years.
Josh Barnett at Bellator 34 (briefly) talking about training Megumi Fujii video
I was surprised to discover that Megumi is a black belt in both judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Too bad she fights as a 115er. Ronda Rousey will never make that weight. What a fight that would be. At 5'3", maybe Megumi could come up to 125 and Ronda could shrink from 135 to 125, but that's asking a lot.
One split decision loss and 25 wins
Megumi, age 38, has a record of 25 wins and one loss--a split decision loss to Zoila Gurgel. If I were Megumi, that fight would still be replaying in my head, waking me up in the middle of the night, thinking about avenging that loss. She has 19 wins by submission.
Speaking of interesting match-ups, here's Megumi in a Brazilian jiu jitsu competition facing a familiar name, Kyra Gracie video
When will Kyra step up to her first MMA fight? The world of MMA needs a new (female) Gracie legend.
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny
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