Tomo Maesawa will make the first defence of her Deep-Jewels atomweight title next month. The 31 year old is set to face fellow veteran Emi Tomimatsu at the Korakuen Hall on October 22nd.

The title fight headlines Deep-Jewels 26 and is the only bout currently on the card. Maesawa (12-10) won the title by beating Mina Kurobe by split decision last year.

But Maesawa (15-14) has not won a fight since becoming the promotion’s 105lbs champion. She was submitted by Kanna Asakura in a catchweight contest at Deep-Jewels 23 and stopped by Seo Hee Ham at Rizin 17.

By contrast Tomimatsu is coming off back to back wins. She scored first round submissions against Hikaru Aono at Deep-Jewels 23 and Mizuki Furuse at Deep-Jewels 24.

Tomimatsu is a former Deep-Jewels 115lbs champion although this achievement was nowhere near as impressive as sounds. She also challenged unsuccessfully for the atomweight title in 2016.

Her status as a former Deep-Jewels champion is somewhat contentious. She was actually submitted by Mizuke Inoue in the third round of her title fight but was awarded the belt because her opponent missed weight.

Deep-Jewels 26, Tokyo, October 22nd
Tomo Maesawa (c) vs. Emi Tomimatsu (For Atomweight Title)