Lisa Ward takes on Fujii tonight in semi-final action, and the stakes are high. One of these women will get a shot at taking the Bellator Women’s Tourney Championship.
Ward was not happy with the result last time, and she aims to change the outcome tonight.
“It should have been a no contest,” said Ward. “The referee thought I tapped and admitted he never actually saw it. I’m not sure what he was thinking, but I was defending properly and was in no danger of submitting. Megumi is a great competitor, but in this fight, I’m going to play my game, and deliver her the first loss in her career.”
That’s mighty big talk on the eve of the fight, but Ward comes off an impressive victory over Aisling Daly in the quarterfinals at Bellator 26. The outcome in that one was rarely in doubt, and Ward cranked up a dominating performance to set up the confrontation with Fujii.
For her part, her reputation as the toughest woman at 115 pounds leaves Fujii clear about where she stands.
“To be undefeated is a great challenge,” said a modest Fujii. “It makes me train harder and I try to focus on being a better fight than my last fight. I use the pressure of my record to help take my fighting to the next level.”
Fujii last faced two-time All-American wrestler Carla Esparza and defeated Esparza by armbar submission in the second round of that tilt.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii (21-0) vs. Lisa Ward (14-5-1) women’s semifinal
- Zoila “Warrior Princess” Frausto (8-1) vs. Jessica “Jag” Aguilar (9-3) women’s semifinal
- Chris “The Assassin” Lozano (5-0) vs. Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida (11-5)
Local Feature fights:
- Mark Holata (4-2) vs Shawn Jordan (8-1)
- John Harris (2-3) vs Kyle Miers (1-0)
- Tim Ruberg (2-0) vs Aaron Davis (1-2)
- Dave Herman (16-2) vs Michal Kita (10-4)
- Scott Stapp (2-0) vs Mike Chandler (3-0)