Mei Yamaguchi Set To Face Yukiko Seki At Deep Jewels 4Former Valkyrie Featherweight Champion “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi makes her Deep Jewels debut on May 18th at Deep Jewels 4 in Tokyo, Japan. The skilled grappler is set to face off against journeywoman Yukiko Seki in a featured 48-kilogram matchup that was officially announced earlier today.

Yamaguchi was in talks to compete for Deep Jewels when the promotion formed this past year, but she instead opted to sign with Pacific Xtreme Combat. Also announced today for the Deep Jewels 4 card was a grappling match between veteran Miyoko Kusaka and newcomer Sayuri Yamaguchi.

Yamaguchi (11-7-1) has been a top contender in Japan for the past five years, but the jiu-jitsu specialist has battled inconsistency in recent fights and she looks for a fresh start with Deep Jewels. Following a quick submission win on the final Jewels card in May, Yamaguchi sought out a new challenge outside of Japan and she signed on with the long-running Pacific Xtreme Combat promotion. However, her two fights for PXC ended in disappointing defeats when she dropped razor-thin Split Decisions to “Little” Patricia Vidonic and Gina “Conviction” Iniong.

Seki (12-23-0) sports a mediocre record, but the veteran fighter has battled nearly all of Japan’s top female fighters in the lighter weight classes during her nine-year career. Since returning to Jewels in mid-2010, Seki has won seven of her past 11 fights and her four defeats during that time have all come against past or present top ten-ranked opponents in the atomweight division. In her most recent MMA fight, Seki earned a Unanimous Decision victory over Madoka Ebihara at Deep Jewels 2. She now seeks her biggest win to date next month.

Deep Jewels 4 takes place on May 18th at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan. The event features a Deep Jewels Middleweight Championship bout between Shizuka Sugiyama and Takayo Hashi.


Deep Jewels 4 Fight Card (to date; subject to change):

– Shizuka Sugiyama vs Takayo Hashi [61.2kg Deep Jewels Middleweight Championship – 3×5]
– Seo Hee Ham vs Yuuki Kira [Deep Jewels Kickboxing Rules – 3×3]
– Saori “Shooting Star” Ishioka vs Satomi “Sarami” Takano [48kg Deep Jewels Official MMA Rules – 2×5]
– “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi vs Yukiko Seki [48kg Deep Jewels Official MMA Rules – 2×5]
– Yuko Kawabata vs Naomi Taniyama [48kg Deep Jewels Official MMA Rules – 2×5]
– Ayaka Miura vs Ella “Power” Wu [52kg Deep Jewels Official MMA Rules – 2×5]
– Tomo Maesawa vs Brittany Ann Decker [51kg Deep Jewels Official MMA Rules – 2×5]
– Shiori Hori vs Maya Dobashi [56kg Deep Jewels Newcomer MMA Rules – 2×5]
– Miyoko Kusaka vs Sayuri Yamaguchi [50kg Deep Jewels Grappling Rules – 2×4]



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