Mika Nagano is a rookie wrestler and popular MMA fighter, but what makes her different from most who do both is she did MMA first and only recently began wrestling. Her wrestling debut was in August 2009, but she has been a fighter since 2007. As of May 2011 she has a 8-4 MMA record and garnered a lot of attention for a photo shoot she did for the Jewels promotion, where she did several borderline racy poses in swimsuits and lingerie. Reportedly she also did a topless photo, but it’s not really topless (her back was to the camera and her certain body parts were covered up). She also has done a little bit of gravure/bikini modeling as well. She is associated with the Core team/camp.
Mika appears to no longer be with Ice Ribbon as of February 2010-at least for the time being-as her profile page has been removed from their site. Presumably she’s more focused on her MMA career for now as she’s probably going to be pushed as a top star in Jewels. But it appears she hasn’t given up completely on wrestling-she returned on January 23, 2011 at Stardom’s debut event and it appears she will be a regular member of the promotion going forward. She made a couple appearances in the promotion before taking a break to prepare for her latest MMA fight, which came on May 14, 2011 in Jewels. She bounced back from a disappointing split decision loss in December with a quick submission win in less than 2 minutes, improving her career MMA record to 8-4.
Stats & info:
Weight: 115 pounds/53 kg
Experience: Rookie (as wrestler)
Finsihing move: Armbar/armbreaker
Current affiliation: Stardom
MMA record (as of May ’11): 8-4
Tournaments won (MMA):
2009 Jewels Rough Stone GP under 54-kg division
Official website (Japanese):
Promo video from October 2009 for 12/11/09 MMA fight: