Fightlinker favorite Roxanne Modafferi has her next opponent: 8-3 bantamweight Shizuka Sugiyama:
Following back-to-back wins this year, Shizuka Sugiyama looks for her third victory of 2012 when she faces former Strikeforce title challenger Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi at Jewels: “22nd Ring” on December 15th in Tokyo, Japan. The 130-pound matchup was added to the card today.
Sugiyama (8-3-0) has been one of the top stars in Jewels for more than three years, but a pair of losses in 2010 forced the karate practitioner to re-evaluate her overall MMA game. She opted to take a year off from competition to improve her ground game and earned her BJJ blue belt following extensive training in Australia. She returned home to Japan earlier this year and stepped back into the Jewels ring in July. After two back-and-forth rounds, Sugiyama took a narrow Split Decision victory over Japanese MMA pioneer Megumi Yabushita. She then stopped newcomer Yurika Tanaka at “21st Ring” in September. A win over Modafferi would finally vault Sugiyama from prospect to contender status in Japan.
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