12-Year-Old Japanese MMA Fighter Takes on 24-Year-Old Opponent AND WINS (GIFs)

12-year-old japanese mma fighter MoMo beats 24-year-old at deep jewels 16

Over the weekend, at a Japanese MMA event called DEEP Jewels 16, a 12-year-old fighter known simply at MoMo took on a 24-year-old fighter named Momoku Yamasaki.

Amazingly, the 12-year-old fighter won. And it took her just 20 seconds.

When the booking was announced last month, it was obviously met with a lot of criticism. For many it called to mind the sick spectacle put on by Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov back in October.

The promoters of DEEP Jewels 16 put some strict rules in place to make it “safer” for the 12-year-old. Strikes to the head of a grounded opponent were forbidden. Also, both players were required to wear headgear. However, there are still those who think it’s wrong for a 12-year-old to take part in a professional MMA fight regardless of the safety precautions.

Of course, as it turns out, MoMo is no ordinary 12-year-old. She’s an MMA prodigy who trains up to 18 hours a week at Hakuhinkai Karate, a highly respected Japanese gym.

On Saturday, it took MoMo just nine seconds to get Yamasaki in a rear naked choke:

Then it took her another seven seconds to choke Yamasaki and get the W:

From a 12-year-old’s perspective, that is pretty badass.

From the perspective of a responsible adult, that is pretty messed up.

Japan might need to tighten the regulations so this sort of spectacle doesn’t become a regular thing.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]

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