With MMA stars like Seth Petruzelli (14-8) and Renato Sobral (37-11) both announcing their retirement following their losses at Bellator 96, there will be another Bellator star who will soon be hanging up her gloves.
Japanese superstar Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii (26-2) said she plans to retire from competition, according to an interview with Japan’s Fight and Life Magazine.
With a career that began in 2004, Fujii has fought some of the best fighters in the world, including Invicta FC champion Carla Esparza (9-2), Fatal Femmes Fighting champion Lisa Ellis (15-8) and Jewels tournament champion Mika Nagano (13-8). With an extensive background in Sambo, as well as black belts in both Brazilian jiu jitsu and judo, Fujii was one of the best grapplers in women’s MMA. Out of her 26 victories, she won 19 by way of submission.
Although Fujii gained notoriety in Japan, she also had success in the United States. In 2010, she participated in the Bellator Season 3 Women’s 115-pound tournament. After she defeated Esparza and Ellis in the tournament’s quarterfinals and semifinals, she met Zolia Frausto Gurgel (12-3) in the finals, where she lost by a controversial split-decision. This would be the first loss in Fujii’s career.
Fujii would go 4-1 in her next five fights, only losing to Jessica Aguilar (15-4) by decision. Mega Megu’s last fight was against Mei Yamaguchi (11-5-1), where she earned the judges’ decision.
No doubt Fujii will go down as one of Japan’s greatest fighters. It is a shame we never saw her compete in Invicta Fighting Championships where she could have fought Esparza in a rematch, or even take on one of the promotion’s rising stars.
Still, there will never be another like Mega Megu. Cagepages would like to wish Fujii good luck in her endeavors.
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