Tuesday, March 6, 2007

"Mega Megu" in for another match-up misstep in Minnesota?

By Jordan Breen

While not her first MMA performance in the United States, having competed in HOOKnSHOOT in Evansville, Indiana in 2004, female Japanese superstar Megumi Fujii (Pictures) will head to America again to compete on March 10, as part of an all-female card in Minnesota.

Perhaps none too surprisingly, Fujii's matchmaking woes have continued even with her competition abroad. Whenever Fujii competes, it is a taxing process for promoters to secure opponents for her. The most outstanding and accomplished female grappler in all of Japan, and considered perhaps the most talented female fighter in the world, fight promoters have struggled to secure opponents who are both willing and suitable to face "Mega Megu."

This time around, Fujii will meet a virtual unknown in Minnesotan Cody Welchlin, a complete unknown in the spectrum of female MMA. The match-up is dubiously reminiscent of Fujii's previous bouts with Nadia van der Wel (Pictures), who was only 17-years-old at the time of their fight; a completely unknown South Korean in Dah Le Chon; and most recently, woefully outmatched Australian kickboxer Serin Murray, who wound up in an ambulance after finding herself on the business end of a toehold.

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