15 Female Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2020


Kanako Murata (Strawweight)

26 | 5’1” | Tokyo, Japan | 11-1 | 6 Finishes | 2 KO/TKOs, 4 Submissions (Shoulder Choke, Anaconda Choke, RNC) | Combined Opponents’ Record:  47-31-2| Best win – Liana Pirosin (7-2)

Kanako Murata, a prospect out of Japan, was a former 2011 Junior Wrestling World Champion. Her only loss in MMA was to former UFC fighter Rin Nakai but since then she’s won her next seven fights. Murata has competed for Rizin, Deep, Pancrase, and currently for Invicta FC. In her last fight, she actually won the Invicta FC Vacant Strawweight Championship.

Her wrestling in MMA is excellent, as her timing and her ability to explode to finish her entries are very well done. Murata has some solid chain wrestling. If her initial shot doesn’t get her opponent down, she can adjust and still land the takedown. She also has some nice judo that she utilizes from time to time. In terms of her skill on the feet, Murata is decent and getting better, but still a much better grappler. Murata is an excellent positional grappler with active ground-and-pound. She can also fight at a high pace for a solid three rounds.


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