Legends MMA 125-Pound Champion “Slick” Sally Krumdiack gained a measure of revenge last night as she handed the previously unbeaten Hiroko Kitamura of Japan her first career defeat. She stopped Kitamura with a barrage of elbows that prompted a corner stoppage in the first round.
Kitamura, a training partner of Jewels postergirl Saori “Shooting Star” Ishioka, was unable to follow in her teammate’s winning footsteps. Ishioka controversially defeated Krumdiack at Jewels: “Sixth Ring” in December after a botched referee stoppage due to a miscommunication.
Krumdiack (8-3-0) exchanged punches with Kitamura (4-1-0) early on, with both fighters landing. The fight went to a clinch against the cage and Krumdiack managed to score a takedown. She worked from Kitamura’s guard and passed to side-control. From there, Krumdiack punished Kitamura with a series of elbows – not permitted in Jewels and Valkyrie in Japan – that prompted Kitamura’s corner to throw in the towel. As a result, Krumdiack picked up a solid win in her second Legends MMA title defence and gained a small measure of revenge for the unfortunate events in December.
Result: Sally Krumdiack defeats Hiroko Kitamura by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 3:43 of round one. She improves to 8-3-0 and remains the Legends MMA Women’s 125-Pound Champion.
Krumdiack, also the 125-pound titleholder for the Oklahoma-based Freestyle Cage Fighting promotion, has won seven of her last nine fights, with the lone other blemish coming against divisional standout Tara LaRosa. The December bout with Ishioka, which was prematurely stopped by referee Yoshinori Umeki after Ishioka trapped Krumdiack in a weak armbar, was never overturned, but it did not seem to impact Krumdiack’s performance in her first fight back. She is likely to return to Jewels this Fall, but will no longer make the difficult cut down to 115 pounds.
For Kitamura, the previously unbeaten Japanese prospect may have lost the fight but she gained a considerable number of fans at the Yakama Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington, where the outdoor MMA event was held. Kitamura and her coaches detailed their trip to the U.S. with frequent updates and future exchanges of talent between Jewels and Legends MMA may be a possibility. Despite the myriad of punishment from Krumdiack’s elbows, Kitamura remained relatively unscathed following the fight and thanked the fans for their support.