Kanako Murata

Kanako Murata (村田 夏南子, born August 10, 1993) is a Japanese female mixed martial artist who competes in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional mixed martial artist since 2016, Murata has also competed in Rizin Fighting Federation and Invicta FC where she is a former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion.

Kanako Murata
Born (1993-08-10) August 10, 1993 (age 29)
Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Native name村田夏南子
NationalityJapanese
Height156 cm (5 ft 1 in)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
DivisionStrawweight
Flyweight
StyleWrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofDublin, California, United States
TeamCombat Sports Academy (2019–present)[1]
TrainerKazunori Yokota
RankPurple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[1]
Years active2016–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total14
Wins12
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision6
Losses2
By knockout1
By submission1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Women's wrestling
Representing  Japan
Asian Wrestling Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Gumi, South Korea -55kg
Silver medal – second place 2013 New Delhi, India -55kg
Silver medal – second place 2015 Doha, Qatar -55kg
Universiade
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Kazan, Russia -55kg

BackgroundEdit

Murata was born and raised in Matsuyama, Japan.[1] The granddaughter of a judo dojo master, Murata started training judo at the age of three.[1] She was a national champion in judo in her high school years.[1] After judo, she transitioned to freestyle wrestling in which she won Junior World Championship in 2011.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Rizin Fighting FederationEdit

Murata was scheduled to make her professional debut against Natalya Denisova at Rizin 1 on April 17, 2016.[2] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[3]

Murata made her flyweight debut against Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson at KOTC: Firefight on June 4, 2016. She won the fight by a third-round technical knockout.

Murata remained at flyweight for her next fight with Ilona Wijmans at Shoot Box Girls S-Cup 2016 on July 7, 2016.[4] She won the fight by a first-round technical knockout.[5]

Murata was scheduled to face Kyra Batara in a strawweight bout at Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 1st Round on September 26, 2016. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[6]

Murata was scheduled to face Rin Nakai in a flyweight bout at Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd Round on December 29, 2016.[7] Murata suffered her first professional loss, tapping to a rear-naked choke in the third round.[8]

Murata was scheduled to face Claire Fryer in a strawweight bout at Pancrase 288 on July 2, 2017. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[9]

Murata was scheduled to face Yukari Nabe in a flyweight bout at DEEP 79 Impact on September 16, 2017.[10] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[11]

Murata remained at flyweight for her next fight, against Lanchana Green at Rizin 10 on May 6, 2018. She won the fight by a first-round anaconda choke submission.[12]

Murata was scheduled to face Angela Magana at Rizin 12 on August 12, 2018.[13] She won the fight by a first-round submission.[14]

Murata made her last appearance with Rizin against Saray Orozco at Rizin 15 on April 21, 2019. Murata was originally scheduled to face Shinju Nozawa-Auclair, before Nozawa-Auclair withdrew due to a ligament injury.[15] She won the fight by her second career, and second consecutive, Von Flue choke submission.[16]

InvictaEdit

It was announced on August 30, 2018, that Murata had signed with Invicta FC, and would compete in their strawweight division.[17]

Murata was scheduled to make her promotional debut with Invicta, almost a year after signing with them, against Liana Pirosin at Invicta FC 35: Bennett vs. Rodriguez II on June 7, 2019. She won the fight by a first-round rear-naked choke submission.[18] This fight earned her a "Performance of the Night" award.[19]

Murata was scheduled to fight Emily Ducote for the vacant Invicta FC Strawweight Championship at Invicta FC 38: Murata vs. Ducote on November 1, 2019.[20] She won the fight by split decision.[21]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Murata announced on July 5, 2020, that she had signed with the UFC.[22]

Murata was expected to face Lívia Renata Souza on November 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos.[23] However, Souza pulled out in early November due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Randa Markos.[24] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Murata faced Virna Jandiroba on June 19, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 25.[26] She lost the fight via doctor stoppage after round 2 due to a elbow dislocation caused by an armbar applied by Jandiroba.[27]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 12 wins 2 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 4 1
By decision 6 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–2 Virna Jandiroba TKO (arm injury) UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige June 19, 2021 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1 Randa Markos Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos November 14, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Emily Ducote Decision (split) Invicta FC 38: Murata vs. Ducote November 1, 2019 5 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Won the vacant Invicta FC Strawweight Championship.
Win 10–1 Liana Pirosin Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 35: Bennett vs. Rodriguez II June 7, 2019 1 2:10 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Return to Strawweight. Performance of the Night.
Win 9–1 Saray Orozco Submission (Von Flue choke) Rizin 15 April 21, 2019 2 2:12 Yokohama, Japan
Win 8–1 Angela Magana Submission (Von Flue choke) Rizin 12 August 12, 2018 2 3:53 Nagoya, Japan Strawweight bout.
Win 7–1 Lanchana Green Submission (anaconda choke) Rizin 10 May 6, 2018 1 4:52 Fukuoka, Japan
Win 6–1 Yukari Nabe Decision (unanimous) DEEP 79 Impact September 16, 2017 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–1 Claire Fryer Decision (unanimous) Pancrase 288 July 2, 2017 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Strawweight bout.
Loss 4–1 Rin Nakai Submission (rear-naked choke) Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd Round December 29, 2016 3 1:16 Saitama, Japan
Win 4–0 Kyra Batara Decision (unanimous) Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 1st Round September 26, 2016 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Strawweight bout.
Win 3–0 Ilona Wijmans TKO (punches) Shoot Box Girls S-Cup 2016 July 7, 2016 1 1:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson TKO (punches) KOTC: Firefight June 4, 2016 3 3:43 San Jacinto, California, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Natalya Denisova Decision (unanimous) Rizin 1 April 17, 2016 3 5:00 Nagoya, Japan Strawweight debut.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by 7th Invicta FC Strawweight Champion
November 1, 2019 – September 2, 2020
Succeeded by