It was 2004 when Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii stepped into the ring against Yumi Matsumoto.
After 40 seconds into the first round, Fujii catches Matsumoto in a rear naked choke and captures her first win in mixed martial arts. Fast forward seven years later and Fujii defeats Mei Yamaguchi by decision, earning a win in what possibly could be her last MMA bout.
Prior to the fight with Yamaguchi, Fujii had talked about retiring from competition at the end of the year.
After her debut in 2004, Fujii has won her next 21 fights, with all but three coming by way of submission. Her first loss came in 2010 in the finals of the Bellator Women’s 115-pound championship against Zolia Gurgel, who won by the match and belt by a split-decision.
With black belts in both judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fujii was regarded as one of the most dangerous women fighters in MMA. Throughout her career she tore through various Japanese promotions like SmackGirl and G-Shooto while making the occasional trip to fight in North American organizations such as BodogFight and HOOKnSHOOT.
Back in 2008 she made it to the finals of the SmackGirl World ReMix 2008 Grand Prix, however the organization folded before the tournament could be finished.
If she does retire, Fujii will finish MMA with a career record of 26 wins. Her only other loss was a decision loss to Jessica Aguilar in May 2012.
If she does decide to continue fighting, she could still fight for different promotions in Japan or even join Invicta FC and maybe work her way to a title shot against the winner of the upcoming strawweight title match.
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