One of Japan’s top strawweights will be hanging up her gloves in the next year.
According to reports, Mika “Future Princess” Nagano plans to retire from mixed martial arts in early 2014.
Nagano began her MMA run in 2007, going 7-3 in her first 10 fights. Over the years she has faced top caliber opponents such as MMA legend Megumi Fujii, Jewels Featherweight champion Seo Hee Ham and combat sports star Emi Fujino. The biggest moment in the Future Princess’ run was in 2009 when she won the Rough Stone Grand Prix 54 kg.
Nagano’s MMA career seemed to have a second wind in 2013, going 3-1 in her last four matches. In her last bout, she lost to Emi Tomimatsu via decision in the semifinal round of the DEEP- JEWELS lightweight Grand Prix tournament.
In addition to MMA, Nagano is a professional wrestler and there is speculation that she is leaving mixed martial arts to focus on wrestling. According a report from Daily Sports, Nagano is set to retire from wrestling as well.
The Future Princess’ last MMA bout will be at DEEP-JEWELS 3, Feb. 16, 2014, against an unnamed opponent.
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