Former strawweight champion Miki Motono got back to winning ways at Deep-Jewels 35 last weekend. The 27 year old scored a unanimous decision victory over Namiko Kawabata in Tokyo.
Motono was coming off back to back losses to Seika Izawa, the second of which cost her the strawweight title. Her opponent only made her pro debut in March but has already won two fights for Deep-Jewels.
In the end it would be the more experienced fighter who prevailed. Motono scored a single leg takedown right at the start of the first round and this set the tone for the fight.
Eventually Kawabata was able to work her way back up again only to be taken down and mounted. Motono couldn’t capitalize with any meaningful strikes or submissions but was in total control of the fight at this stage.
The second round followed a similar pattern. Kawabata was able to resist Motono’s initial takedown attempt but she was only delaying the inevitable and soon found herself on her back again.
It was a familiar feeling for the young prospect who was looking to throw up her legs and lock in an armbar or triangle but couldn’t find an opening. Kawabata was able to work her way back up again only to be quickly taken down.
It left the judges with an easy decision. All three scored the fight 20-18 in favour of the former champion who is back to winning ways.
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