Tomiko 'The Temptress' Tajima [1-3] is one of only two fighters who appeared at all four events in 2019. Bella Ink [2-2] is the other. Tomiko’s record of 1-3 does not reflect the degree of difficulty she signed up for. She opened her LFC career with a match against Jenny 'Bloody' Valentine [2-3] and followed that decision loss with a memorable performance versus the incomparable Shelly 'Aphrodite' DaSilva [9-7]. Tomiko earned a split decision win in her third fight when she paired with the formidable Sybil Starr [1-1] on July 4th. The following night… yes, the following night, she fought the powerhouse that is Jessie 'El Toro' Santos [12-4]. Considering that these contests took place in a span of three months, Tomiko has now regrouped, retooled and rededicated herself to the pursuit of all things MMA/LFC. She was gracious enough, as usual, to answer a few questions for us.

A.C.:

With the abrupt cancellation of LFC 30, were you more disappointed in not facing Jessie Santos or not being able to utilize all your training?

TTT:

I was super disappointed when I found out that LFC 30 was canceled. I have been training hard and am leaner and more muscular than I was before. I was looking forward to showing the fans and Jessie how much stronger I have become and was even working on some surprise moves.

A.C.:

Having fought well and against tough competition, do you feel more established in the LFC, regardless of your record?

TTT:

The fans have made me feel very welcome. I do feel established and that I can hold my own, despite the losses. I think I have proven that I belong as one of the LFC fighters. I always make it to the judges decision against all of my opponents, so a lot can be said about that. The fans seem to like me being a part of the LFC as well.

A.C.:

The Leon Hater incident is tough to watch, especially because it was out of character for him. Do you expect to ever resolve your differences with him?

TTT:

I am not sure that Leon Hater will ever apologize. If he does, I am a bigger person than him and will accept his apology. I understand, some people can lose their cool while in the moment, so I am willing to give him one “get out of jail card”, but he needs to do a public apology and shake my hand.

A.C.:

At this point, it seems you are capable of putting anyone in the league on your shoulders and taking them for a spin. Is that something you train a lot of in practice?

TTT:

I pride myself in being able to carry anyone over my shoulders and take them for the spin. Just because I am petite, I like to show that I have a lot of strength. I am happy to be recognized by my signature move.

A.C.:

As far as session wrestling goes, have your fans from that aspect of your wrestling followed you to the LFC?

TTT:

My session guys LOVE watching me fight for the LFC. I have had quite a few mentions that they saw my fight. They all love seeing me as part of the LFC and mention how proud they are of me. I think it’s pretty cool!

A.C.:

So, they are very supportive of you?

TTT:

One thousand percent! They are very supportive of me! I let them know about the dates I am scheduled to be in fights. They all want to know. :)

A.C.:

Any plans, whether professional or personal, for the new year?

TTT:

I plan on doing another fitness competition in the last week of July for goal reasons as well as comparison reasons. My last competition (and first time) was on early November. The prepping for that really helped me reach levels I didn’t think I was capable of and improved my strength and endurance so much that I feel that it will be a positive impact in my future fights with the LFC. I have other plans, but I am keeping them secret at the moment. :)

A.C.:

Thank you. We’ll talk again soon.

TTT:

My pleasure! I am looking forward to it!