Jewels title contender Emi “Kamikaze Angel” Fujino has a new opponent for her upcoming bout at Pancrase 247 on May 19th in Tokyo, Japan. Fujino will now face off against unbeaten King of the Cage veteran Amber “The Bully” Brown, who replaces injured teammate Monica Lovato on the card.
Brown announced her participation earlier this week and Pancrase officials confirmed the change on Friday. Lovato withdrew from her bout with Fujino due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Brown most recently earned a first-round TKO victory in January and now makes her Pancrase debut.
Fujino (11-6-0) will compete under the Pancrase banner for the first time in May. The veteran fighter’s MMA career dates back to her amateur debut ten years ago and she has fought professionally since March 2004. Fujino opened her pro career with eight straight wins before encountering a rough patch while competing for the Valkyrie promotion. She rebounded with victories in three of her next four fights, including back-to-back wins in Jewels, to earn a December title shot against Jewels Lightweight Queen Champion Ayaka Hamasaki, but dropped a razor-thin decision after three close rounds.
Brown (2-0-0) gives up a significant amount of experience to her opponent, but she has put on strong performances in both of her pro bouts to date. The New Mexico native debuted for KOTC in November and earned a Unanimous Decision victory. She returned to the promotion in late January and stopped Abby Higginbotham midway through the first round. Brown’s aggressive fighting style caught the eye of Pancrase officials and the 24-year-old will look to pick up the biggest victory of her young career when she travels to Japan in May.
Pancrase 247 takes place on May 19th at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan. The event features a second women’s bout pitting Bantamweight Queen of Pancrase Rin Nakai against Brown’s Fit NHB teammate, KOTC champ Brenda “Boom Boom” Gonzales, in a non-title battle between two undefeated fighters.
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