Women’s MMA Pioneer Megumi Fujii Announces Retirement Bout

June 22, 2013
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Megumi FujiiWomen’s mixed martial arts pioneer Megumi Fujii on Saturday became the latest fighter to announce her retirement.

Fujii announced that she would fight one more time, at Vale Tudo Japan 3rd on Oct. 5, and then step out of the cage for the final time.

The 39-year-old Fujii has been competing for the better part of the last decade, amassing a 26-2 professional record. Her only two defeats were decision losses to Zoila Gurgel in a Bellator title fight and Jessica Aguilar in a Bellator feature bout.

A black belt in both judo and jiu-jitsu, Fujii dominated the women’s Japanese fight scene throughout her career with her grappling prowess. She was a staple of the Smackgirl, Jewels and Shooto promotions.

She brought a 19-0 record to Bellator in 2010, where she managed to go 3-2, including the only two defeats of her career, and victories over the likes of current Invicta FC champion Carla Esparza.

Fujii’s announcement follows those of Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Seth Petruzelli earlier this week.

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  • Chicago

    that girl will be missed

    • jay

      2 BS losses as well … all 3 girls know who won those fights … I hope she finishes her last opponent and goes out “undefeated at heart

    • shakejunt

      for real. rousey may be the submission specialist right now, but fujii has been doing it a lot longer and with far more versatility.

  • The Best Eva

    Should have taken one shot at the UFC first.

    • shakejunt

      problem is she fights too light to even consider going in there with a bw.

      • The Best Eva

        Oh I don’t follow closely enough.

        • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

          actually she’s a strawweight, she could be a Invicta FC fighter but is too late, Ayaka Hamasaki is the next MegaMegu.

          Megu is GOAT of this sport.

          • Served

            for women…

          • shakejunt

            believe that was implied seeing as it’s wmma

          • shakejunt

            i’m not sold on hamasaki yet, but this is more based on fighters like sugiyama who’ve lost to sub-par competition after being considered top talent.

  • screemalot

    the best thing about fujii is she can beat you with more than just an arm bar!!! a complete fighter instead of a one trick pony

  • Truth

    Mega Megu… greatest woman’s MMA fighter in history.

    Yes, Ronda Rousey is the hot fighter in today’s MMA and of course there’s Cyborg’s power… but neither are as well-rounded and accomplished for as long as Mega Megu has done it. Sure, it’s possible that either of these or someone else may surpass by the time their careers are over, but Mega Megu was the real deal. Anyone that says otherwise, probably never watched her fight.