December 11, 1974 |
|Other names||Vale Tudo Queen|
|Height||1.56 m (5 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
|Division||Featherweight (52.2 kg – 56.7 kg) (Valkyrie)
Lightweight (under 52 kg) (Smackgirl)
|Fighting out of||Osaka, Japan|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for Japan|
|Women's Freestyle Wrestling|
Tsuji is a former Smackgirl tournament winner, Smackgirl Lightweight Champion and Valkyrie Featherweight Champion.
Tsuji was born on Hirakata, Osaka, Japan. She graduated from the prestigious Chukyo Women's University; a university notable for its wrestling family. During her time there, Tsuji placed third in Women's Freestyle Wrestling (51 kg) in the 1997 Asian Championship.December 11, 1974 in
Mixed martial arts career
Tsuji spent the majority of her career competing in the now-defunct Smackgirl promotion. She debuted with defunct promotion Ax on December 26, 2001 in the event Ax - Vol. 2: We Want To Shine with a victory by submission (armbar) over the previously undefeated Ikuma Hoshino, who at the time was the most accomplished female Japanese MMA fighter. This would be Hoshino's only loss in her MMA career.
Tsuji debuted in Smackgirl at Smackgirl - Royal Smack 2002 on April 7, 2002 , defeating Hiromi Oka by submission due to a rear naked choke. Including her debut, Tsuji would go on a winning streak of 8 consecutive victories; in the process winning the Smackgirl Japan 2002 Cup Middleweight Tournament on June 28, 2005 . In her ninth professional bout, she faced Brazilian fighter Ana Michelle Tavares. Tavares defeated Tsuji with a triangle armbar submission in Tsuji's debut for the Deep promotion at Deep - 11th Impact on July 13, 2003 . In this match, Tsuji injured her left shoulder. This was Tsuji's first defeat in MMA. She avenged this loss years later.
After her first loss, Tsuji won her next four fights and then faced Hisae Watanabe at Smackgirl - Road to Dynamic!! for the first Smackgirl Lightweight Championship on June 28, 2005 . Tsuji won the title after defeating Watanabe by armbar at 3:51 of the first round. She would go on to successfully defend the title five times until the demise of the Smackgirl promotion.
On September 6, 2007South Korean Seo Hee Ham, Tsuji debuted in Valkyrie at the promotion's inaugural event Valkyrie 1 on November 8, 2008 , where she defeated Mei Yamaguchi by decision. Tsuji became the first Valkyrie Featherweight Champion on April 25, 2009 by defeating American fighter Kate Martinez., Tsuji would get the chance to face Tavares again. At the event Smackgirl - Queens' Hottest Summer, Tsuji was able to avenge her only loss at the time by defeating Tavares via KO at 4:47 of the first round. After defending her title for the last time against
Her 14-fight winning streak came to an end on February 11, 2010 This was just the second time that Tsuji was defeated and the first time that she was defeated by a fellow Japanese fighter. This is considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of women's mixed martial arts.when she rematched Mei Yamaguchi, who this time was able to defeat Tsuji with a rear-naked choke in only 76 seconds.
Having recovered from surgery on her knee and shoulder, Tsuji returned to MMA in a Jewels vs. Valkyrie bout against Saori Ishioka at Jewels 15th Ring on July 9, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. She defeated Ishioka by unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||24 wins||3 losses|
|Win||24-3||Hyo Kyung Song||Technical Submission (armbar)||Deep: Osaka Impact 2012||September 29, 2012||1||1:27||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||23-3||Ayaka Hamasaki||Submission (kimura)||Jewels 19th Ring||May 26, 2012||1||3:41||Osaka, Japan||For Jewels Lightweight (115 lbs) Queen Championship|
|Win||23-2||Saori Ishioka||Decision (unanimous)||Jewels 15th Ring||July 9, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||22-2||Mei Yamaguchi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Valkyrie 04||February 11, 2010||1||1:16||Tokyo, Japan||Lost Valkyrie Featherweight Championship|
|Win||22-1||Kate Martinez||Submission (armbar)||Valkyrie 02||April 25, 2009||1||4:20||Tokyo, Japan||Won inaugural Valkyrie Featherweight Championship|
|Win||21-1||Mei Yamaguchi||Decision (unanimous)||Valkyrie 01||November 8, 2008||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||20-1||Seo Hee Ham||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl - Starting Over||December 26, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship|
|Win||19-1||Ana Michelle Tavares||TKO (punches)||Smackgirl - Queens' Hottest Summer||September 6, 2007||1||4:47||Tokyo, Japan||Non-title bout|
|Win||18-1||Thricia Poovey||TKO (punches)||Smackgirl - The Dance of the Taisho Romance||April 28, 2007||1||4:10||Osaka, Japan||Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship|
|Win||17-1||Tomomi Sunaba||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Smackgirl - Top Girl Battle||June 30, 2006||1||4:19||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship in a "Winner Take All" match (Tsuji received both fight purses).|
|Win||16-1||Cami Hostetler||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Queen's Triumphant Return||April 22, 2006||2||4:19||Osaka, Japan||Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship|
|Win||15-1||Miyuki Ariga||Submission (heel hook)||MARS||February 4, 2006||2||1:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14-1||Maiko Ohkada||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Dynamic!!||August 17, 2005||2||2:10||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship|
|Win||13-1||Hisae Watanabe||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Road to Dynamic!!||June 28, 2005||1||3:51||Tokyo, Japan||Won Smackgirl Lightweight Championship|
|Win||12-1||Erica Montoya||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Holy Land Triumphal Return||August 5, 2004||3||4:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11-1||Chiaki Kawabita||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Go West||June 9, 2004||2||1:19||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||10-1||Mayumi Hashiba||Submission (kneebar)||Smackgirl - F8||May 16, 2004||1||2:20||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9-1||Kaliopi Yeitsuidou||Decision (unanimous)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003||December 31, 2003||3||5:00||Kobe, Japan|
|Loss||8-1||Ana Michelle Tavares||Submission (triangle armbar)||Deep - 11th Impact||July 13, 2003||1||3:55||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||8-0||Tomomi Sunaba||Technical Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Third Season 2||April 2, 2003||1||4:37||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7-0||Mari Kaneko||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl - Japan Cup 2002 Grand Final||December 29, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Became 2002 Japan Cup Middleweight Tournament Champion|
|Win||6-0||Yumiko Sugimoto||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Japan Cup 2002 Episode 2||November 9, 2002||1||4:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5-0||Eri Takahashi||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Japan Cup 2002 Opening Round||October 5, 2002||1||2:01||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4-0||Noriko Tsunoda||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl - Dynamic||September 1, 2002||1||1:12||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3-0||Izumi Noguchi||Decision (split)||AX - Vol. 3||May 4, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-0||Hiromi Oka||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Smackgirl - Royal Smack 2002||April 7, 2002||1||3:43||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1-0||Ikuma Hoshino||Submission (armbar)||AX - Vol. 2: We Want To Shine||December 26, 2001||3||3:37||Tokyo, Japan|
Championships and accomplishments
- Bronze in Women's Freestyle Wrestling at 51 kg in the 1997 Asian Championship.
- 2002 JAPAN CUP middleweight tournament champion
- Inaugural Smackgirl Lightweight Champion (2005)
- Inaugural Valkyrie Featherweight Champion (2009)
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