Shoot Boxing showcased its annual Girls S-Cup tournament tonight from Yamano Hall in the Yoyogi district of Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. This year’s edition included past winners Rena Kubota and Erika Kamimura, as well as MMA veterans Seo Hee Ham, “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi and Lisa Ellis.
Tonight’s card featured two additional tournaments. In the final of the Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup 53.5, teen prodigy Mizuki Inoue battled Ai Takahashi. Mio Tsumura aimed to win the inaugural Shoot Boxing JKS48 high school girls’ tournament. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the card.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Final
Rena Kubota vs “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi
They circle early on and Kubota keeps the distance with her front kick. Yamaguchi pressures in, but Kubota lands a hook combination and backs out of range. Yamaguchi charges in again and lands this time. They continue to circle and Kubota throws a fast four-punch combo, but Yamaguchi blocks the shots. They clinch and Yamaguchi lands a hard hook right as the bell rings. 10-10.
Yamaguchi tries to move into range with a body shot, but Kubota counters with a quick punching combo that backs her up. Yamaguchi clinches in the corner and works for a takedown, but Kubota punches her way out. Kubota ducks under a winging hook and moves to a back clinch, but she isn’t there long and Yamaguchi quickly slips out. They continue to clinch and dirty box around the ring, but nothing substantial lands for either fighter. They exchange wild hooks for the final five seconds. 10-10.
Yamaguchi closes in and Kubota backs her up with a hard punching combination and a lunging front kick that glances off of Yamaguchi’s cheek. They clinch and Yamaguchi works for a takedown but can’t finish. Yamaguchi continues to rush in, but Kubota cuts angles and lands punches while she moves. They clinch again in the corner and Yamaguchi throws punches to the body before they’re separated. The fighters exchange hooks in centre ring before clinching and working for takedowns. Neither one can get the throw and they trade punches until the end of the round. 10-9 Kubota.
Judges Wada, Kitajiri and Tsuyama all score the fight 30-29 for the winner by Unanimous Decision and now three-time Girls S-Cup champion, Kubota.
Winner: Rena Kubota by Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-29, 30-29) after three rounds. She improves her combined shoot boxing and kickboxing record to 20-5-1 and becomes the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Champion.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup 53.5 Final
Mizuki Inoue vs Ai Takahashi
They circle and feel each other out. Takahashi works her jab to find her distance. She throws a quick body kick but Inoue blocks it. The fighters circle the ring and Takahashi maintains control of the centre. Inoue catches a kick and counters with a hard straight that drops Takahashi, but the referee calls it a slip. They continue to circle and throw range-finding shots. Inoue slips in a quick hook, but Takahashi replies with a hook of her own. Inoue presses in with a jab combination and they clinch as the round ends. 10-10.
Takahashi throws kicks in round two, but Inoue moves in and out with quick jab combinations that connect. Inoue pressures in, but Takahashi clinches and they trade knees. Takahashi connects with a hook as they break, but Inoue pressures in again and lands hooks to the head. They circle and Takahashi lands a one-two combination. In the clinch, Inoue forces her opponent’s head back and lands three hard hooks before moving to the back clinch just before the bell. 10-10.
The fighters both jump in and out of range with quick punching combinations. They clinch and Takahashi tries to wrap up a guillotine choke, but Inoue slips out. Takahashi comes forward with a body kick and a one-two that lands. Inoue cuts angles and lands a one-two to the body and a hard straight soon after. They clinch and trade knees to the thighs. Inoue lands a series of stiff jabs and lead hooks. Takahashi moves in and Inoue changes angles and lands a quick combination to the head. They clinch and both work for takedowns until the end of the round. 10-10.
The fourth round begins with a clinch in the corner and Takahashi lands knees to the face, but Inoue breaks free and throws a fast barrage of punches that lands clean. Takahashi pressures out of the corner with a combination of her own. They take centre ring and trade quick combinations. Inoue changes levels quickly and lands flush to Takahashi’s ribs. She keeps her lead hand in Takahashi’s face with more jabs and hooks. Inoue throws a stiff hook combination to Takahashi’s head and finishes with a hard hook to the body. Takahashi circles and clinches and the bell rings to end the round. 10-9 Inoue.
Takahashi is aggressive and lands a series of kicks to Inoue’s midsection. Inoue replies with stiff hooks. They clinch and trade hard knees to the body. The referee stops the clock to fix Inoue’s gloves. The fight continues and Takahashi moves in with a hard knee, but Inoue stays on her feet and they trade power hooks. Takahashi lands a one-two combination and moves out of range of a hard hook from Inoue. She pressures forward again and lands knees in the clinch. Inoue tries a hip throw but Takahashi reverses it, though she isn’t awarded a shoot point. They stand in the centre and trade punches for the final ten seconds. Both fighters land flush multiple times. 10-10.
Judge Motegi has the fight 50-49 Takahashi. Judge Wada sees it 49-48 Inoue. Judge Kitajiri rules it even at 49-49 and we go to an extension round.
Takahashi works kicks again, but Inoue moves in and out of range with hard combinations that land. Takahashi tries to maintain the pressure, but Inoue defends and dodges too well. She counters Takahashi’s kicks with more crisp hooks. Inoue starts to feint and pick her shots. An occasional punch slips in for Takahashi, but she can’t keep up with Inoue and gets tagged repeatedly. The fighters spend the final 20 seconds brawling in the centre, but Inoue gets the better of the exchanges again. 10-9 Inoue.
Judges Motegi, Wada and Kitajiri all score the extension round 10-9 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Inoue.
Winner: Mizuki Inoue by Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) after one extension round and six overall. She improves her shoot boxing record to 4-1-0 and becomes the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup 53.5 Champion.
2012 Shoot Boxing JKS48 High School Girls’ Tournament Final
Mio Tsumura vs Akari “Eneos” Nakamura
Tsumura opens up with leg kicks and straight punching combinations to keep Nakamura at a distance. Nakamura throws winging hooks, but Tsumura avoids them amd continues to land leg kicks. They clinch in the corner momentarily before the referee breaks them apart. Tsumura backs Nakamura into the corner again and attacks with a punching combination that is mostly blocked before the round ends. 10-10.
Nakamura tries to pressure in with hooks, but gets countered by a stiff right hook. Nakamura slips and seems to have injured her leg. She continues anyway and Tsumura lands a big head kick that staggers Nakamura. Tsumura follows up with hooks and Nakamura is given a standing eight-count. Nakamura stays in the fight but is quickly caught again and crumbles momentarily before her corner throws in the towel.
Winner: Mio Tsumura by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 1:09 of round two. She improves her shoot boxing record to 7-0-0 and becomes the 2012 Shoot Boxing JKS48 Tournament Champion.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Semi-Final #2
“V.V” Mei Yamaguchi vs Lorena “Lady Pitbull” Klijn
Klijn opens up with a big Superman Punch that misses before trying a throw that doesn’t earn her any points. They stand and Klijn throws two huge hooks that miss. She tries for another throw that fails. Klijn clinches again and turns to throw, but Yamaguchi wraps up a rear-naked choke that looks tight. Klijn dives to the ground and referee Wada breaks them up. More clinching and throw attempts from Klijn, but none land. Klijn throws a flashy somersault kick but misses by a long shot. Another throw attempt by Klijn before the bell. 10-10.
Klijn opens up round two with more throw attempts, but Yamaguchi answers with a shot to the body and a hip toss of her own. They clinch again and Klijn throws knees to the body before they break apart. Klijn attempts a huge haymaker that Yamaguchi sees coming and avoids before clinching. More winging shots from Klijn, but none land. Yamaguchi avoids a punch and quickly throws Klijn to the ground to earn a shoot point before the round ends. 10-9 Yamaguchi.
The fighters clinch early on and Klijn throws knees to the body. They break apart and Klijn rushes in with wild hooks that miss. Another clinch follows and Klijn staggers Yamaguchi with a knee to the face. Yamaguchi recovers and tries a hip toss but can’t finish. They exchange hooks against the ropes in between periods of clinching. Klijn attempts a throw as the bell rings. 10-10.
Judge Taira scores the fight 28-27 Klijn. Judge Shimaji has it 30-29 Yamaguchi. Judge Tsuyama rules it even at 29-29 and we go to an extension round.
Klijn opens up with wild hooks and all are blocked. Clinching and throw attempts follow from both fighters. Wild shots from Klijn, but nothing lands. A huge Superman Punch from Klijn is way off. Yamaguchi clinches and gets a huge suplex that earns her a shoot point. She follows it up with another throw that gets her yet another shoot point. They clinch and fall and Klijn receives a Yellow Card for kicking Yamaguchi while she’s down as the round ends. 10-7 Yamaguchi.
Judge Taira scores the lopsided extension round 10-6, while judges Shimaji and Tsuyama have it 9-6 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Yamaguchi.
Winner: Mei Yamaguchi by Unanimous Decision (10-6, 9-6, 9-6) after one extension round and four overall. She improves her shoot boxing record to 7-3-0 and advances to the final of the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Semi-Final #1
Rena Kubota vs Seo Hee Ham
They start out slow, circling and pawing at each other. Kubota picks things up and lands a quick one-two combo. They circle more before Ham charges in with hard hooks that miss. The pace starts to quicken and they trade blows in centre ring, but neither one outscores the other. This continues until the round ends. 10-10.
The fighters trade powerful punches and kicks in the centre and Kubota backs off first. Ham tries a hip toss, but isn’t awarded points for it. Kubota works the front kick and lands a big hook as Ham presses into range. Kubota comes in with a one-two that lands. A big head kick from Kubota just misses and they clinch. They trade hooks and Kubota tries a throw before the end of the round. 10-10.
Kubota opens with a front kick that lands to the face and they start to brawl. Kubota blocks kicks from Ham and counters with left hooks. They exchange hooks but neither one lands clean. There is a wild punching exchange in the centre in the final seconds of the round before Kubota gets the back clinch, but she gets cut off by the bell. 10-10.
Judge Tsuyama has it 30-30, while judges Wada and Taira also see the fight even at 29-29. We go to an extension round.
They start by exchanging fast hooks in the centre, but both fighters are quick enough to avoid the other. Kubota hits a hip toss but earns no points. They stand and Kubota moves to the back, where she attempts a huge suplex but can’t land it clean and gets no points. The fighters trade hard punches again and Kubota lands a head kick flush across Ham’s face. They clinch and the round ends. 10-9 Kubota.
Judges Taira, Tsuyama and Wada all have the extension round 10-9 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Kubota.
Winner: Rena Kubota by Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) after one extension round and four overall. She improves her combined shoot boxing and kickboxing record to 19-5-1 and advances to the final of the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup.
Non-Tournament 53.5kg Bout
Rio Kamikaze vs Seira Aragaki
Kamikaze comes out aggressively and lands a punch-kick combo before clinching and attempting to throw Aragaki. They circle and trade leg kicks. Aragaki lands a three-punch combo that backs Kamikaze up into the ropes where Aragaki lands knees to the body. They circle again and throw jabs from the outside, but Aragaki answers with head kicks that get blocked or parried. Aragaki lands a hard body kick followed by a right straight. 10-9 Aragaki.
Both fighters land punches and kicks from range before clinching against the ropes. Kamikaze tries a quick tai-otoshi throw but can’t follow through. She starts to follow through on her punching combos with kicks and it’s working for her. Aragaki lands a three-kick combo to the body followed by a stiff front kick to Kamikaze’s face. Kamikaze works for more throws from the clinch, but Aragaki keeps her balance. Kamikaze finally lands a force-down trip but it doesn’t earn her any points. She gets caught with a kick to the body as she moves into range, but replies with a stiff jab as Aragaki gets stuck in the corner before the round ends. 10-10.
Aragaki favours the body kick whenever Kamikaze moves into range. Kamikaze continues to clinch and unsuccessfully works for throws. Aragaki lands a front kick and follows through with a three-punch combo that gets blocked. They circle and trade leg kicks. Kamikaze clinches and finally lands a hip toss that earns her two shoot points. They trade kicks and punches until the round ends. 10-8 Kamikaze.
Judge Omura scores it even at 28-28. Judge Tsuyama sees the fight 30-28 and judge Wada has it 29-28 for the winner by Majority Decision, Kamikaze.
Winner: Rio Kamikaze by Majority Decision (30-28, 29-28, 28-28) after three rounds.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Quarterfinal #4
Lorena “Lady Pitbull” Klijn vs “The Strongest Female High School Student” Erika Kamimura
Klijn opens up with a huge right hook, but Kamimura blocks the follow-up punches and clinches. Klijn stays aggressive and moves in quickly to clinch and work for takedowns, but can’t finish any. A flying knee from Klijn misses and they clinch again. Klijn catches a kick from Kamimura and takes her down, but no point is given. Another hip toss attempt from Klijn, but she can’t finish effectively. More clinching before the round ends. 10-9 Klijn.
Klijn repeatedly attempts jumping kicks, but she is too far out of range and Kamimura catches them all. Clinching from both fighters and no substantial offence. Kamimura lands a big hook in the final 30 seconds, but eats a knee to the body trying to follow up. 10-10.
Klijn tries a spinning hook kick to the head, but misses. They trade blows and clinch, but neither one gains the advantage. Klijn misses a spinning backfist but follows through with a hook that lands. Takedown attempts follow from Klijn, but she can’t finish any. Another spinning hook kick from Klijn, but she’s too close and it doesn’t land. They clinch sporadically until the round ends. 10-10.
Judge Wada scores it 30-29 Klijn, but judges Tsuyama and Motegi have the fight even at 30-30. We go to an extension round.
Kamimura knows she needs to change her game and comes out aggressively. She lands a few shots to the body before they clinch, where Kamimura lands a few more. They break and Kamimura lands a big lunging front kick before closing in and attempting a standing arm-triangle choke. Klijn lands a hard leg kick that buckles Kamimura momentarily. Kamimura stays at a distance and lands a hard counter as Klijn comes in. Klijn clinches and hits a big hip toss that earns her a shoot point. They clinch again and the round ends. 10-9 Klijn.
Judge Wada scores the extension round 10-8, while judges Motegi and Tsuyama see it 10-9 for the upset winner by Unanimous Decision, Klijn.
Winner: Lorena Klijn by Unanimous Decision (10-8, 10-9, 10-9) after one extension round and four overall. She improves her shoot boxing record to 1-0-0 and advances to the semi-finals of the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Quarterfinal #3
“V.V” Mei Yamaguchi vs Namtarn “Supernova Girl” Por Munagpetch
Por Munagpetch has a gigantic reach advantage here. Yamaguchi tries to close in, but Por Munagpetch wraps in her in the Thai clinch and tees off with knees. They break apart and circle. Por Munagpetch throws kicks from way back and Yamaguchi desperately rushes in with hooks. Por Munagpetch moves in to clinch and Yamaguchi lands a few hard hooks. They break apart and the same thing happens again. Yamaguchi tries for a hip toss but can’t finish effectively and the round ends. 10-10.
They circle until Yamaguchi rushes in to clinch and throw. She can’t get the throw but lands a few hard hooks to the body of Por Munagpetch. Yamaguchi looks to shoot in low for a takedown, but eats a knee to the head. She rushes in again and pushes the Thai fighter into a corner, then works for a high-crotch but can’t get it. Yamaguchi tries a third time and this time it succeeds. She hits a big hip toss and earns a shoot point before the round ends. 10-9 Yamaguchi.
Por Munagpetch clinches early and tries to throw knees, but the veteran Yamaguchi stays in control and lands a few hooks before taking Por Munagpetch down. Por Munagpetch holds the ropes, however, and Yamaguchi can’t finish the takedown. More Thai clinching from Por Munagpetch, but she can’t do much with it as Yamaguchi keeps her pushed against the ropes and corner posts. A big right hand lands for Yamaguchi as Por Munagpetch comes into range. There’s another takedown attempt from Yamaguchi as the bell rings, but no shoot point is given. 10-9 Yamaguchi.
Judge Motegi scores the bout 30-29 Yamaguchi, but judges Kitajiri and Tsuyama have it even at 29-29. We go to an extension round.
It’s looking a lot like round three early on. Yamaguchi rushes in and lands a few hooks before clinching and working for takedowns against the ropes. Por Munagpetch can’t keep Yamaguchi on the outside and Yamaguchi gets another hip toss, but doesn’t finish effectively and no point is given. It’s more of the same from Yamaguchi before the bell rings. 10-9 Yamaguchi.
Judges Motegi, Tsuyama and Kitajiri all see it 10-9 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Yamaguchi.
Winner: Mei Yamaguchi by Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) after one extension round and four overall. She improves her shoot boxing record to 6-3-0 and advances to the semi-finals of the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Quarterfinal #2
Seo Hee Ham vs Lisa Ellis
The fighters start out tentatively, feeling each other out with jabs. They clinch and Ellis hits a hip toss but doesn’t get the shoot point. They circle and continue to paw at each other with jabs. Ellis is against the ropes and Ham lands a quick one-two combo. More feeling out as they circle the ring. Ham lands another combo against the ropes in the final seconds. 10-10.
Ellis lands a body kick early on, but Ham answers with a series of punches. Many takedown attempts from Ellis, but she can’t follow through on any of them. A hard left hook lands for Ellis. Ham cuts off the ring and lands a big hook in the corner. Ham lands another huge right hook in the corner and Ellis curls up. Ham scores a knockdown for the point and referee Wada gives Ellis a standing eight-count. She stays on her feet as the round ends. 10-8 Ham.
Ham continues to control centre ring as they circle and throw jabs. Ham comes in with a combo, but Ellis tags her with a knee. Ham backs off momentarily, but comes back and lands two hook combos against the ropes. Ellis is trapped in the corner again and Ham tees off with a barrage of punches. Ellis misses a spinning backfist and Ham makes her pay with a big hook. Another big hook lands for Ham as the round ends. 10-9 Ham.
Judges Tsuyama and Kitajiri saw the fight 30-26, while judge Motegi had it 30-27 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Ham.
Winner: Seo Hee Ham by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) after three rounds. She improves her shoot boxing record to 3-1-0 and advances to the semi-finals of the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup.
2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup Quarterfinal #1
Rena Kubota vs Kim Townsend
Townsend comes out with a series of kick attempts. Kubota parries a body blow and lands a straight counter. They clinch and Kubota lands a hip toss to earn a shoot point. Back on the feet, Kubota lands a hard left body shot that has Townsend backpedalling. They clinch against the ropes and Kubota lands more body shots. 10-8 Kubota.
Townsend starts to land with high-low kick combos, but Kubota backs her up and lands a barrage of hooks against the ropes. More low kicks follow from Townsend and Kubota backs her up with quick punches. Another hard left body blow from Kubota leads to a hip toss that earns her a shoot point. Kubota works her jab against Townsend’s kicks and lands another hard shot to the body. 10-8 Kubota.
More kick combos from Townsend followed by more hook combos from Kubota in the final round. They clinch and Kubota works for a trip but can’t follow through. Kubota moves in and out of Townsend’s range, landing shots at will while Townsend is stuck in the corner. Kubota lands a hard combo in the final ten seconds and chases Townsend around the ring before the bell. 10-9 Kubota.
Judge Tsuyama scores the fight 30-25. Judge Wada has it 30-26 and judge Suzuki sees it 30-27. All three have it for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Kubota.
Winner: Rena Kubota by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27) after three rounds. She improves her combined shoot boxing and kickboxing record to 18-5-1 and advances to the semi-finals of the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup.
2012 Shoot Boxing JKS48 High School Girls’ Tournament Semi-Final #2
Mio Tsumura vs Yusa Tachi
Tsumura comes out aggressively but gets clipped by a hard right hook counter from the southpaw Tachi. They clinch and Tachi tries a trip takedown but can’t get it. The fighters take centre ring and trade hard shots. Tachi gets caught with a hard straight and goes down, but the referee calls it a slip. It happens again and Tachi looks dazed, but the referee says it’s another slip. 10-9 Tsumura.
Tachi is aggressive in round two, but Tsumura keeps her at range with stiff front kicks and well-aimed straight punches. Tachi tries a hip toss but no takedown point is given. Tachi slips in an occasional punch, but she’s receiving more than she’s giving. A huge spinning backfist lands for Tsumura before the round ends. 10-9 Tsumura.
Tachi is aggressive again, but Tsumura is picking her shots and landing well. Both fighters trade hip toss attempts but neither can finish the throw. They trade punches in the centre for the final ten seconds. 10-9 Tsumura.
Judge Sugi sees it 30-29, while judges Tsuyama and Shimada both have it 30-28 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Tsumura.
Winner: Mio Tsumura by Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-29) after three rounds. She improves her shoot boxing record to 6-0-0 and advances on to the final of the 2012 Shoot Boxing JKS48 Tournament.
2012 Shoot Boxing JKS48 High School Girls’ Tournament Semi-Final #1
Akari “Eneos” Nakamura vs Nako Otsuka
They start out quick and Nakamura lands multiple body kicks before attempting a hip-throw takedown that fails. Nakamura lands a hard hook and they clinch. Otsuka attempts a standing guillotine, but the referee separates the fighters. They spend the rest of the round trading combos and clinching. 10-10.
Nakamura tries to move inside on Otsuka but Otsuka keeps her at bay with a barrage of right hooks. Nakamura lands a hard right hand counter after dodging a head kick. She tries to double-leg her opponent but gets stuffed. Otsuka tries a hip toss but Nakamura keeps her balance and the referee breaks them up before the bell rings. 10-10.
Nakamura parries a kick and lands a counter. They trade wild hooks before clinching, where Nakamura tries a trip takedown but doesn’t earn the shoot point. They stand and Otsuka tries a hip toss but can’t land it. More wild hooks are exchanged before Nakamura gets another trip but, again, no shoot point. They trade punches again until the end. 10-10.
Judge Tsuyama sees it 30-29 Nakamura. Judge Suzuki scores it even at 30-30 and judge Wada has it 29-29. We go to an extension round.
They clinch early and Nakamura locks in a tight standing guillotine and earns a catch point. She can’t finish the choke, however, and the referee separates them. They trade combos and clinch again. Otsuka tries her own guillotine but Nakamura slips out easily. Otsuka lands a hard knee from the single collar-tie. Nakamura takes her down but doesn’t earn a shoot point. 10-9 Nakamura.
Judge Wada sees it 10-8, while judges Suzuki and Tsuyama both score the extension round 10-9 for the winner by Unanimous Decision, Nakamura.
Winner: Akari Nakamura by Unanimous Decision (10-8, 10-9, 10-9) after one extension round and four overall. She advances on to the final of the 2012 Shoot Boxing JKS48 Tournament.