Saori Oshima picked up a quick win in the main event of DEEP Jewels 32, submitting Emi Tomimatsu within a minute with an armlock. The win on Sunday advanced Oshima into the semifinals of the promotion’s atomweight grand prix, which was the focus of their card from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Oshima scored a takedown from the clinch only moments into the fight. After taking the back of Tomimatsu, she grabbed a hold of an arm as they went back to the feet. Going back to the canvas, Oshima cranked the arm of Tomimatsu until the fight was stopped.
Oshima was among one of the four fighters that advanced into the DEEP Jewels Atomweight Grand Prix Semifinals. The end goal for the bracket will be to find a new champion, as previous title holder Tomo Maesawa retired last year.
The fight on Sunday was Oshima’s first after competing five times as a rookie in 2020. Oshima fought in both Shooto Japan and DEEP Jewels last year, picking up three submission wins and two losses.
She was entering the bracket following a loss to Park Si Woo in December.
Tomimatsu was returning to DEEP Jewels in an attempt to begin another title push. Her last fight for the promotion was in 2019, where she lost a decision to now-retired champion Maesawa.
She is now on a four-fight skid which includes a 2020 loss to RENA.
Park Advances With Decision Win Against NISSE
South Korea’s Park Si Woo continued her winning streak with a victory against NISSE in the opening round of the bracket. All scorecards gave the fight to Park after two rounds, advancing her into the semifinals.
Park showed a wide range of skills in the fight, using her striking and ability on the ground.
Park closed out the fight strong, throwing down punches while in full mount and on the back of NISSE.
The win continues Park’s momentum in DEEP Jewels. She has picked up three wins in the promotion now, including a stoppage victory against Hikaru Aono and a scorecard victory against Saori Oshima.
Murakami Advances After Sakura Misses Weight
The tournament went without a quarterfinal fight on Sunday, as a failed weight cut to Sakura forced her out of a fight against Aya Murakami.
The weight-cutting issues continue trouble for Sakura. The 18-year-old prospect competed in December at RIZIN 26, although her submission victory was ruled a no-contest due to her missing weight for the fight.
Murakami appeared at the event, accepting awards and getting her hand raised.
Aono Gets Decision Nod After Dominant Fight
Hikaru Aono put on a smothering performance in the first tournament fight on the card, controlling Emi Sato for the majority of a two-round fight. The dominant fight earned Aono a unanimous decision win, advancing her in the bracket.
Aono was able to keep Sato on her back for most of the fight, scoring takedowns and keeping Sato on the defence. Aono was closing in on securing an arm triangle choke late in the second round, although she ran out of time amid the submission attempt.
Now pushed into the second round of the grand prix, Aono has returned to the win column. She lost in her last fight, being submitted by Tomo Maesawa late last year.
Sato was a short-notice fill-in for the bracket, taking the place of Otoha Nagao, who withdrew due to injury. With her fight on Sunday, Sato has now lost four consecutive bouts.
Non-tournament fights took place lower on the DEEP Jewels card.
Shoko Fujita and Hime won their respective pro debuts on the main card, picking up scorecard victories.
Yukari Nabe earned her sixth consecutive win on the card, defeating Mikiko Nirvana.
The full card can be viewed here.
Bout 9: Saori Oshima def. Emi Tomimatsu via Submission, Armlock (RD 1) (DEEP Jewels Atomweight Tournament Quarter-Finals)
Bout 8: Park Si Woo def. NISSE via Decision, Unanimous (DEEP Jewels Atomweight Tournament Quarter-Finals)
Bout 7: Hikaru Aono def. Emi Sato via Decision, Unanimous (DEEP Jewels Atomweight Tournament Quarter-Finals)
Bout 6: Seika Izawa def. Megumi Sugimoto via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1) (Grappling Bout)
Bout 5: Yukari Nabe def. Mikiko Nirvana via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 4: Shoko Fujita def. Amiba via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 3: Hime def. KATE Lotus via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 2: Karin Horii def. Momoka Yoshikawa via Decision, Split (Amateur)
Bout 1: Sara vs. Rajina via Draw, Majority (Amateur Kickboxing)