On Friday, July 7, Shoot Boxing returned to the TDC Hall in Tokyo, Japan, for Shoot Boxing Girl’s S-Cup 2017.

In the night’s main event, top female kickboxer, multiple-time Shoot Boxing S-Cup champion, and now a superstar in Japanese MMA, Rena Kubota, took on a former foe in Italy’s Jleana Valentino. Rena holds a flying armbar submission win over Valentino at the RIZIN FF World Grand Prix: IZA Festival. Valentino is also a decorated kickboxer with victories over current Krush champion Mellony Geugjes and top flyweight Gloria Peritore, which earned her the Oktagon 55-kilogram title.

On the main card, RIZIN FF mainstay Gabi Garcia faced former Smackgirl openweight champion Megumi Yabushita and back-to-back 48-kilogram S-Cup champion Mio Tsumura fought Polish striker and RIZIN FF veteran Hanna “Tyson” Gujwan.

Also on the card, Riri Nasukawa, 14, the little sister of Japanese combat sports superstar Tenshin Nasukawa, made her Shoot Boxing debut against the 13-year-old Megami Tagawa. Both are experienced in amateur competition.

The event aired live on Shoot Boxing’s subscription website.

FULL RESULTS
Rena Kubota def. Jleana Valentino by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-29)
Mio Tsumura def. Hanna Gujwan by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Gabi Garcia vs. Megumi Yabushita declared a no-contest (illegal soccer kick). Round 1
Akari Nakamura def. Shi-yoon Jeong by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:58
Mina Sakurai def. Shizuka Sugiyama by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-28)
Ayaka Miura def. Yoko Odawaki by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Misaki Morita def Nana Okuwaki by TKO (punches). Round 2, 2:06
Megami Tagawa def. Riri Nasukawa by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-29, 30-29)

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Zach Aittama
Staff Writer

Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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