Megumi is a professional Mixed Martial Arts
Fighter. MMA is not like professional wrestling, this is real. Real punches, real blood.
The rules are easy, because there are almost none, exceptions are no biting, scratching,
pulling hair, and no cheap shots to the groin for men. You win by knocking your opponent
out with punches, kicks, knees, etc… Then…there’s grappling…where you take the opponent to
ground and force them into submission with moves, such as ‘Ankle Locks’, ‘Choke Sleepers’
and ‘Arm Bars’. Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing
sports in the world. In the U.S. MMA Pay Per View regularly outsells NBA and NFL events. Finally, the main event is at hand. Japan’s
Megumi Fujii faces off against America’s Cindy Hales. I remember in my first MMA match I was so
nervous, I couldn’t hear anything around me when I stepped into the ring.
Actually, I can’t remember much at all. I do remember closing my eyes repeatedly during
the first few exchanges though. But then I took her down pretty quickly and put my opponent
in a choke sleeper submission hold…she tapped out in the first round. Megumi comes out focused for the second round.
After a few hard kicks, she takes her opponent down again. Megumi secures the win with an
Arm bar submission hold. She has now won 14 matches and still lost none. Mixed Martial Arts still suffers from the
bad image of its early days, where heavily tattooed bouncer types fought bare knuckled
bar room brawls to a bloodthirsty crowd. Since then, MMA has evolved into a highly