Megumi Fujii Submits Carla Esparza and Earns Place in Bellator Season 3

Brandon HinchmanCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2010

During Bellator 24, Megumi Fujii, the undefeated Japanese grappler, fought Carla Esparza and finished in spectacular fashion, as usual.

The fight went for two rounds, but after standing a bit too long in the first round, Fujii imposed her will on Esparza and threatened a need bar which turned into an armbar to end the match.

Fujii is undoubtedly one of the more talented female fighters in Bellator's Season 3 tournament, and being that she's now 21-0, there's no way to know what Fujii's weakness might be.

One would think that the right striker will be able to keep the fight standing and squeeze out a decision, though Fujii has faced a number of better, stronger strikers, and nobody has yet bested her, even when her fights go to decision.

Sarah Schneider was a good example of a strong striker that made the fight go to round three.

Having personally spoken to Fujii, she made mention that she would eventually like to gain a bit more muscle and fight two of the best female fighters in the world, Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Such matchups would be interesting, and hopefully, we'll see them one day soon.

As far as the future of the women's Bellator tournament, Fujii will no doubt have a fight if she faces Zoila Frausto, and with others involved, there's really no predicting how the tournament will go.

That's the best part of tournament style MMA, though. The best deserve to be where they are, and with bare minimum matchmaking, we should be guaranteed excitement.