Tomimatsu submits Sato at Deep-Jewels 24
Emi Tomimatsu needed less than five minutes to submit Emi Sato yesterday. The two atomweights faced off at Deep-Jewels 24 in Tokyo and the veteran only needed one takedown to secure the finish.
At the start of the fight Sato seized the centre of the ring while Tomimatsu was contend to bide her time. Eventually the former Deep-Jewels 105lbs champion began moving forwards and backed her opponent up against the ropes.
A takedown soon followed and Tomimatsu was now clearly in her comfort zone. However Sato was very aggressive from the bottom and attacked relentlessly with elbows.
She looked to be working for a triangle choke but Tomimatsu recognized the danger and stood up. The 37 year old then dived into Sato’s half guard but couldn’t capitalize with any strikes or submission attempts.
In fact Sato regained guard almost instantly and appeared to be doing an excellent job of defending from her back. But Tomimatsu was constantly looking for openings and, spotting one, she scuttled round to north-south position.
This time Sato really was defenceless and when Tomimatsu cranked on a kimura she was forced to tap. The finish came at the 4:28 mark and sees the latter drop to 4-4 while the winner improves to 15-14.
Earlier in the night Rin Nakai (21-2-1) took longer than expected to get past Kaewjai Prachumwong (0-3). The inexperienced Thai fighter held out until midway through the second round when she was stopped by ground and pound.