Jewels (mixed martial arts)

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Jewels
Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Predecessor Smackgirl
Founded October 2008 (2008-10)
Headquarters Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Japan
Key people
Yuichi Ozono (president)
Shigeru Saeki (supervisor)
Parent Marverous Japan Co.,Ltd.
Website http://www.deepjewels.com/

Jewels (styled JEWELS in capitals) is a mixed martial arts organization owned by Marverous Japan Co., Ltd. focused on female fighters. It's the direct successor of Smackgirl.[1][2][3] It has a working relationship with fellow mixed martial arts promotion Deep presided by Shigeru Saeki (also the Jewels supervisor).[4]

History[edit]

After the women MMA promotion Smackgirl faced severe financial difficulties caused by the unexpected departure of major sponsors and television network deals, an executive from Japanese event production company Archery Inc., Yuichi Ozono, formed the company Marverous Japan and acquired the assets and rights formerly belonging to Smackgirl parent company Kilgore.[3] Since the reputation of Smackgirl was tarnished by all the problems it faced, it was decided to start anew.[3]

On June 9, 2012, it was announced that Jewels has formed a strategic partnership with American promotion Invicta Fighting Championships to cross-promote the world’s top female fighters on their respective fight cards in the United States and Japan.[5]

On May 25, 2013 (2013-05-25) Jewels announced that it would cease operations as an independent company, with Yuichi Ozono, then head of Jewels, stepping down and Shigeru Saeki from Deep, formerly supervisor, taking the full direction, and transferring fighters and brand to the new Deep Jewels brand, which would be managed by Deep.[6][7]

Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

Class Champion Since Defences
Bantamweight Japan Takayo Hashi May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
0
Strawweight Japan Mizuki Inoue August 9, 2014 (2014-08-09)
0
Atomweight Japan Mei Yamaguchi May 31, 2015 (2015-05-31)
0

Bantamweight championship[edit]

Formerly known as middleweight until May 2015.

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Japan Takayo Hashi
def. Shizuka Sugiyama
Deep Jewels 4
Tokyo, Japan
May 18, 2014

Strawweight championship[edit]

Formerly known as lightweight until May 2015.

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Japan Ayaka Hamasaki
def. Seo Hee Ham
Jewels 11th Ring
Tokyo, Japan
December 17, 2010

1. def. Seo Hee Ham at Jewels 17th Ring on December 17, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan
2. def. Yuka Tsuji at Jewels 19th Ring on May 26, 2012 in Osaka, Japan
3. def. Emi Fujino at Jewels 22nd Ring on December 15, 2012 in Osaka, Japan

Ayaka Hamasaki vacated the title on August 31, 2013.
2 Japan Emi Tomimatsu
def. Mizuki Inoue
Deep Jewels 3
Tokyo, Japan
February 16, 2014
3 Japan Mizuki Inoue Deep Jewels 5
Tokyo, Japan
August 9, 2014

Atomweight championship[edit]

Formerly known as featherweight until May 2015.

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Japan Naho Sugiyama
def. Misaki Takimoto
Jewels 17th Ring
Tokyo, Japan
December 17, 2010
2 South Korea Seo Hee Ham Jewels 24th Ring
Tokyo, Japan
May 25, 2013

1. def. Sadae Numata at Deep Jewels 2 on November 4, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan
2. def. Saori Ishioka at Deep Jewels 6 on November 3, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan

Seo Hee Ham Vacated the title on December 11, 2014.
3 Japan Mei Yamaguchi
def. Satomi Takano
Deep Jewels 8
Tokyo, Japan
May 31, 2015

Tournament champions[edit]

Tournament Winner
Rough Stone Grand Prix 2009 -60 kilograms (132 lb) Germany Alexandra Sanchez
Rough Stone Grand Prix 2009 -54 kilograms (119 lb) Japan Mika Nagano
Rough Stone Grand Prix 2009 -48 kilograms (106 lb) Japan Asami Kodera
Rough Stone Grand Prix 2010 -56 kilograms (123 lb) Japan Mizuki Inoue
Rough Stone Grand Prix 2010 -52 kilograms (115 lb) Japan Hiroko Kitamura
Rough Stone Grand Prix 2010 -48 kilograms (106 lb) Japan Kikuyo Ishikawa
First lightweight queen decision tournament Japan Ayaka Hamasaki
First featherweight queen decision tournament Japan Naho Sugiyama
Jewels/Deep Kickboxing Tournament 2012 -47 kilograms (104 lb) Japan Momoka
Deep - Jewels Lightweight Grand Prix 2013 -52 kilograms (115 lb) Japan Emi Tomimatsu
Deep - Jewels Featherweight Grand Prix 2015 -48 kilograms (106 lb) Japan Mei Yamaguchi

Events[edit]

# Event Title Date Arena Location Attendance
33 Deep - Jewels 9 August 29, 2015 Differ Ariake Tokyo, Japan
32 Deep - Jewels 8 May 31, 2015 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
31 Deep - Jewels 7 February 21, 2015 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
30 Deep - Jewels 6 November 3, 2014 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
29 Deep - Jewels 5 August 9, 2014 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
28 Deep - Jewels 4 May 18, 2014 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
27 Deep - Jewels 3 February 16, 2014 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
26 Deep - Jewels 2 November 4, 2013 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
25 Deep - Jewels 1 August 31, 2013 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
24 Jewels 24th Ring May 25, 2013 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan
23 Jewels 23rd Ring March 30, 2013 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan
22 Jewels 22nd Ring December 15, 2012 Differ Ariake Tokyo, Japan
21 Jewels 21st Ring September 22, 2012 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan
20 Jewels 20th Ring July 21, 2012 Differ Ariake Tokyo, Japan
19 Jewels 19th Ring May 26, 2012 Azalea Taisho Hall Osaka, Japan
18 Jewels 18th Ring March 3, 2012 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan
17 Jewels 17th Ring December 17, 2011 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 370
16 Jewels 16th Ring September 11, 2011 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan 822
15 Jewels 15th Ring July 9, 2011 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 426
14 Jewels 13th Ring & 14th Ring[n 1] May 14, 2011 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan 328 / 324
- Jewels 12th Ring March 11, 2011 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan cancelled[n 2]
13 Jewels 11th Ring December 17, 2010 Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan 1216
12 Jewels 10th Ring October 10, 2010 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan 464
11 Jewels 9th Ring July 31, 2010 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 578
10 Jewels 8th Ring May 23, 2010 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan 438
9 Jewels 7th Ring March 19, 2010 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 696
8 Jewels - Rough Stone: Second Ring January 31, 2010 Ceasar Gym Shin-Koiwa Tokyo, Japan
7 Jewels 6th Ring December 11, 2009 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 762
6 Jewels 5th Ring September 13, 2009 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 610
5 Jewels 4th Ring July 11, 2009 Shin-Kiba 1st Ring Tokyo, Japan 464
4 Jewels 3rd Ring May 16, 2009 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 734
3 Jewels: Rough Stone: First Ring April 19, 2009 Isami Wrestle Budokan Wairabi, Saitama, Japan
2 Jewels 2nd Ring February 4, 2009 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 588
1 Jewels 1st Ring November 16, 2008 Shinjuku Face Tokyo, Japan 645

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jewels 14th Ring was originally an independent event planned for July 9, 2011. Jewels merged both events in a single date after the cancellation of Jewels 12th Ring.
  2. ^ The event was cancelled a few hours before the start due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SmackGirl -> JEWELS". 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ Pozen, Frank (2008-10-24). "SMACKGIRL is dead, long live JEWELS". Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b c Breen, Jordan (2008-10-30). "Jewels Gets Debut; Hioki-Sato Set for Shooto". USA: Sherdog. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ 2月19日はDEEPイベントですよ!
  5. ^ "Invicta Fighting and JEWELS Form Strategic Partnership for Women’s MMA". Articles. MMAWeekly.com. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  6. ^ Sargent, Robert; Marchand, Dean; Yamamoto, Go (2013-05-25). "Jewels To Cease Operations, DEEP Restores Women’s Divisions". News. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  7. ^ "【ジュエルス】尾薗代表が辞任、DEEP JEWELSとして再出発". News (in Japanese). Japan: eFight. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 

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