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Yuka Tsuji

Template:Nihongo[1] is a Japanese female mixed martial artist whose nickname is Vale Tudo Queen.


Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Tsuji spent the majority of her career competing in the now-defunct Smackgirl promotion. In 2002, she won Smackgirl's Japan Cup tournament, and in 2005, she became the inaugural Smackgirl Lightweight Champion.

After Smackgirl folded in 2008, she joined Greatest Common Multiple's upstart all-female Valkyrie division and became their inaugural Featherweight Champion on April 25, 2009 by defeating Kate Martinez.[2]

However, she lost the Valkyrie title in a stunning upset when she was submitted by Mei Yamaguchi in a rematch at Valkyrie 4 on February 11, 2010.[3]

Tsuji is currently the #6-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com[4] and the #4-ranked female flyweight according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[5][6]

MMA RecordEdit

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Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22-2 Japan flag Mei Yamaguchi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GCM - Valkyrie 4 02010-
February
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February 11, 2010
1 1:16 Tokyo, Japan Lost Valkyrie Featherweight Championship[3]
Win 22-1 United States flag Kate Martinez Submission (Armbar) GCM - Valkyrie 2 02009-
April
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April 25, 2009
1 4:20 Tokyo, Japan Won inaugural Valkyrie Featherweight Championship[7]
Win 21-1 Japan flag Mei Yamaguchi Decision (Unanimous) GCM - Valkyrie 1 02008-
November
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November 8, 2008
3 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20-1 South Korea flag Seo Hee Ham Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Starting Over 02007-
December
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December 26, 2007
3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship[8]
Win 19-1 Brazil flag Ana Michelle Tavares KO (Punches) Smackgirl - Queens' Hottest Summer 02007-
September
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September 6, 2007
1 4:47 Tokyo, Japan Non-title bout[9]
Win 18-1 United States flag Thricia Poovey TKO (Punches) Smackgirl - The Dance of the Taisho Romance 02007-
April
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April 28, 2007
1 4:10 Osaka, Japan Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship[10]
Win 17-1 Japan flag Tomomi Sunaba Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Smackgirl - Top Girl Battle 02006-
June
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 30, 2006
1 4:19 Tokyo, Japan Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship in a "Winner Take All" match (Tsuji received both fight purses).[10]
Win 16-1 United States flag Cami Hostetler Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Queen's Triumphant Return 02006-
April
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April 22, 2006
2 4:19 Osaka, Japan Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship[11]
Win 15-1 Japan flag Miyuki Ariga Submission (Heel Hook) MARS 02006-
February
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February 4, 2006
2 1:44 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14-1 Japan flag Maiko Ohkada Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Dynamic!! 02005-
August
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August 17, 2005
2 2:10 Tokyo, Japan Defended Smackgirl Lightweight Championship[12]
Win 13-1 Japan flag Hisae Watanabe Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Road to Dynamic!! 02005-
June
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 28, 2005
1 3:51 Tokyo, Japan For Smackgirl Lightweight Championship[13]
Win 12-1 United States flag Erica Montoya Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Holy Land Triumphal Return 02004-
August
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August 5, 2004
3 4:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11-1 Japan flag Chiaki Kawabita Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Go West 02004-
June
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June 9, 2004
2 1:19 Osaka, Japan
Win 10-1 Japan flag Mayumi Hashiba Submission (Kneebar) Smackgirl - F8 02004-
May
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May 16, 2004
1 2:20 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9-1 22px Kaliopi Yeitsuidou Decision (Unanimous) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 - Inoki Festival 02003-
December
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December 31, 2003
3 5:00 Kobe, Japan
Loss 8-1 Brazil flag Ana Michelle Tavares Submission (Triangle/Armbar) DEEP - 11th Impact 02003-
July
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July 13, 2003
1 3:55 Osaka, Japan
Win 8-0 Japan flag Tomomi Sunaba Technical Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Third Season 2 02003-
April
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April 2, 2003
1 4:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7-0 Japan flag Mari Kaneko Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Japan Cup 2002 Grand Final 02002-
December
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December 29, 2002
3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Became 2002 Japan Cup Middleweight Tournament Champion[12]
Win 6-0 Japan flag Yumiko Sugimoto Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Japan Cup 2002 Episode 2 02002-
November
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November 9, 2002
1 4:13 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5-0 Japan flag Eri Takahashi Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Japan Cup 2002 Opening Round 02002-
October
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October 5, 2002
1 2:01 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-0 Japan flag Noriko Tsunoda Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Dynamic 02002-
September
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September 1, 2002
1 1:12 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3-0 Japan flag Izumi Noguchi Decision (Split) AX - Vol. 3 02002-
May
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May 4, 2002
3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2-0 Japan flag Hiromi Oka Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Smackgirl - Royal Smack 2002 02002-
April
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April 7, 2002
1 3:43 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-0 Japan flag Ikuma Hoshino Submission (Armbar) AX - Vol. 2: We Want To Shine 02001-
December
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December 26, 2001
3 3:37 Tokyo, Japan

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Bronze in Women's Freestyle Wrestling at 51 kg in the 1997 Asian Championship.[14]
  • 2002 JAPAN CUP middleweight tournament champion[12]
  • Inaugural Smackgirl Lightweight Champion (2005)[12]
  • Inaugural Valkyrie Featherweight Champion (2009)[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Profile at Angura.net. Angura.net. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  2. Sherdog.com. Fight Finder - Yuka "Vale Tudo Queen" Tsuji's Mixed Martial Arts Statistics. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Greatest Common Multiple "Valkyrie 4" Results. MMARising.com. Retrieved on February 11, 2010.
  4. Women's MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings. MMARising.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  5. Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. MMARising.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  6. Unified Women's Rankings. FighterGirls.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sherdog.com (2009-04-25). Fight Finder - GCM Valkyrie 2 Mixed Martial Arts Statistics. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  8. Sherdog.com (2007-12-26). Tsuji Defends Smackgirl Lightweight Title. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  9. Sherdog.com (2007-06-30). Smackgirl Titles Contested in September. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sherdog.com. Koubousen Companion: News and Notes From Japan. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  11. Smack Girl 04/22/2006. Boutreviewusa.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Yuki Tsuji's profile on Smackgirl.com (2006-10-24). Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
  13. Sherdog.com (2005-06-09). Nippon Joho: The Lightweight Wars. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  14. http://www.iat.uni-leipzig.de/datenbanken/dbwrest/daten.php?spid=655B7C0D2A0F4DDFBB054BE32E926BD5

External linksEdit

Sherdog logo2 Professional MMA record for Yuka Tsuji from Sherdog Fight Finder



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