Megumi Fujii is to announce her retirement during Saturday’s VTJ show in Tokyo, Japan.
The Japanese icon “Mega Megu” will retire with an impressive record of 26-2.
Fujii began her MMA career back in 2004 competing for the likes of Shooto, Smackgirl, HOOKnSHOOT, DREAM, Jewels, and eventually Bellator.
She would quickly make a name for herself racking up a 22 fight win streak, that would see her finish 19 opponents with her technical grappling.
Widely regarded as the best in the world she would look to establish herself stateside, and fight under the Bellator banner. The Japanese fighter would win three in a row (all finishes) setting herself up for a title shot against Zoila Frausto Gurgel. Megumii would go onto lose the fight in a highly controversial Split Decision, that many fans thought Fujii won.
Afterwards she would return to Japan, and win three straight. First defeating the always tough Emi Fujino at Sengoku, then Mika Nagano for the second time in her career, and finally making quick work of Karla Benitez at DREAM.
Bellator would come calling for a second time offering her a fight with Jessica Aguilar. She looked certain to secure the win, but the judges didn’t see it that way. Again, uproar across the net as the scorecards were read fans would see “Mega Megu” lose by Unanimous Decision.
Fujii’s last fight saw her defeat dangerous veteran Mei Yamaguchi by Unanimous Decision at VTJ 1st.
Megumi who helped pave the way for WMMA is also a mentor outside of the Ring/Cage to many up and coming fighters, including Jewels Lightweight Queen Champion Ayaka Hamasaki who returns next month to Invicta FC.
The talented grappler will be sadly missed by fans, and female fighters that took inspiration from the her.
We here at FSA wish “Mega Megu” good luck in her future endeavors.
So forget Rousey, Tate, Cyborg, Zingano for just now and go watch some Megumi Fujii fights.