Hiroko Yamanaka announced on her blog this week she is retiring from MMA. The follows Megumi Fujii and Hitomi Akano announcing their retirements over the past month.
“On July 31st, I retired from professional fighting,” Yamanaka stated in her blog. “It has been 7 years since my pro-debut, and I am grateful for all of the support I have received. Because of the close friends that I practiced with, I was able to fight a lot. These people really trained with me a lot.”
“Since I became versed in fighting, I was able to learn lots of wonderful things. I would like to really thank you all for supporting me up till now.”
“Please continue to support Master Japan.”
Yamanaka (13-3; 1 NC) went 12-1 in her first 13 bouts, with wins over Akano and Molly Helsel to her credit. She would face Cyborg Justino in the last Strikeforce featherweight title match, succumbing to Justino’s swarming assault in only 16 seconds. The match would be declared a no contest after Justino tested positive for steroids.
She would lose back to back decision to Germaine de Randamie in Strikeforce and Ediane Gomes in InvictaFC before deciding to retire.
We wish her the best in her future endeavors.
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