Rin Nakai is one of eight fighters confirmed for the Deep-Jewels flyweight Grand Prix. The quarter finals will take place on March 12th at the New Pier Hall.
Nakai (22-2-1) is a Rizin and UFC veteran. The 35 year old is riding a six fight winning streak but has not competed in MMA at all in the past two years.
Joining her in the tournament will be Shizuka Sugiyama (20-6-1). The 34 year old is a Deep-Jewels veteran and has won her last four fights.
The other six fighters in the 125lbs tournament are not as experienced and Nakai and Sugiyama will come in as favourites. Making up the field are Mikiko Shimizu (3-1), Aoi Kuriyama (2-4), Shoko Fujita (2-1), Hanako Sawa (1-0), Tae Murayama (2-1) and Kano Kagaya (2-1).
The first round is set for Deep-Jewels 36. It will be the promotion’s first event of 2022 with the matchups set to be revealed at a later date.