Female Star a New Mother

By Jordan Breen Jul 7, 2009
She's been both Smackgirl and Deep 106-pound champion. She's been a world sambo championships bronze medalist and an all-Japan Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion. She's been one of the biggest female stars of MMA. Now, Satoko Shinashi is a mother, too.

The 32-year-old Shinashi gave birth to her first child on Sunday in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. The current Deep 99-pound champion's newborn son weighed in at five pounds, eight ounces.

Shinashi, who was married in November 2007, hasn't fought since last October when she armbarred Yukiko Seki in 92 seconds under the Deep banner. She then announced this past January that she was nearly four months pregnant and would naturally be taking time away from the ring. She expects to make a return to the ring later this December.
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