Hits and Mrs.: MMA's Top Five Technical Women's Bouts

Ken FossAnalyst IAugust 20, 2009

The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them.—Thomas Jefferson


The fallout from the Gina Carano-Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos fight seems to be that women's MMA is unskilled slop fighting that should be left to cafeterias in the fourth grade and spank banks nationwide.

While this is an unfair assessment of a sport that's still very much getting its feet under itself, it's not wrong in that particular case.

While I abhor this, I feel compelled to stand up for the sport by running down the five most skilled tussles conducted by the fairer sex.

No. 5. Megumi Fujii vs. Yumi Matsumoto (Smackgirl - Holy Land Triumphal Return, Aug. 5, 2004)

The Queen of Sambo could fill this list if I wanted her to; she's that good. In this demolition, she displays picture-perfect form in a dominant performance. Poor Yumi didn't even know what hit her.



No. 4 Miku Matsumoto vs. Lisa Ward II (DEEP Toyama Impact, June 29, 2009)

Miku Matsumoto's hit her prime as a fighter, and she worked her way on my current top 10 pound-for-pound list with this magnificent display, as she gets revenge for her previous loss in which she was dominated. This fight was a totally different story.

I hope you enjoy the interesting mount armbar that finishes the fight.


No. 3 Miku Matsumoto vs. Carina Damm II (MARS 4 - New Deal, Aug. 26, 2006)

Matsumoto clocks in again with another great sequel. This time she gets her revenge by way of decision. The match is a touch on the sloppy side in spots, but the action and Carina Damm's escape ability make this fight superb.



No. 2 Megumi Fujii vs. Misaki Takimoto (Shooto - The Victory of Truth, Feb. 17, 2006) 

Megumi Fujii is a name that has become the stuff of myth in the world of hardcore MMA for a reason—she's possibly the best full-contact grappler the sport has ever seen, male or female.

In this bout she struggles to put away a game Misaki Takimoto, as they both tire in the third. Fujii finishes the fight with a beautiful armbar.

This is one of those fights you can't live blog; the level of grappling is in line with Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia.

Give it a watch.


No. 1 Hisae Watanabe vs. Satoko Shinashi II (DEEP Women's Flyweight Championship; DEEP - 25th Impact, Aug. 4, 2006)

Undefeated, Satoko Shinashi was a heavy favorite in their rematch at DEEP 25, and Hisae Watanabe had tasted defeat by way of heel hook early in both of their careers.

Shinashi, however, is one of the smallest fighters I've ever seen, and in this fight it proves to be her undoing. Caught in an armbar multiple times on the ground, tormented by her lack of reach, she's the victim of inarguably the greatest knockout punch in WMMA history.

It's classic grappler vs. striker fair, and though the DEEP reset rules interrupt the flow somewhat, overall, when looking at how crisp and fluid the action is otherwise, it's arguably my favorite WMMA fight so far.