We all spend time debating who the best fighters are, comparing records and opponents, breaking down decisions versus finishes and wondering where the next great unbeaten superstar will come from. Well, that fighter is already here and her name is Megumi Fujii.
If Megumi Fujii were a man, she would be heralded as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. There wouldn't even be a discussion.
"Mega Megu" pushed her record to 22-0 on Thursday, submitting American Lisa Ward with a slick armbar in the first round of their semifinal fight in the Bellator 115-pound tournament. Next up, Fuji will face Zoila Frausto, who earned a very shaky decision victory over Jessica "JAG" Aguilar earlier in the night.
When Lyoto Machida racked up an impressive 15-0 record before facing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the first time, media members and fans alike were tripping over themselves to bestow vast amounts of praise on the unbeaten Brazilian. A year later, he's 16-1 with a sketchy decision win over Rua in the mix, and no one is rushing to proclaim him anything other than a solid light heavyweight contender right now.