Kanako Murata

Japan

Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 12/19/2021
Needs elbow cleared
StrawweightUFC
Out
June 22, 2021
Murata is facing a 180-day medical suspension, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murata suffered a dislocated left elbow in the loss to Virna Jandiroba last weekend. She will need clearance from a doctor is she wants to fight again before mid-December.
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Win streak snapped at eight
StrawweightUFC
Out
June 19, 2021
Murata lost to Virna Jandiroba via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Murata's toughness was on full display in a fight in which she struggled from the outset. She somehow managed to survive a very deep armbar from Jandiroba in Round 1, but the damage was already done. Murata was essentially unable to raise her arm the rest of the fight, and her opponent took full advantage. Murata's corner would have been smart to throw in the towel and protect their fighter, but it was the cageside physician who correctly halted the proceedings at the end of Round 2. The defeat snaps an eight-fight winning streak for Murata. Her most recent setback prior to Saturday was a submission at the hands of former UFC fighter Rin Nakai in a Rizin bout back in December 2016.
Taking on Jandiroba in June
StrawweightUFC
Out
March 3, 2021
Murata will be taking on Virna Jandiroba in a strawweight bout at the UFC event on June 19, Marcelo Barone of GloboEsporte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Murata will be in the Octagon for the first time since defeating Randa Markos by unanimous decision. She will look to take her MMA record to 13-1 and her record with the UFC to 2-0.
Controls Randa Markos in debut
StrawweightUFC
Out
November 14, 2020
Murata defeated Randa Markos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a dominant showing from Murata in her company debut. Known for her standout wrestling game, Murata landed 4-of-9 takedown attempts and racked up 9:21 worth of control time, a massive number in a 15-minute fight. Murata's ability to control this fight also led to a 79-37 edge in total strikes landed. A victory over Markos doesn't mean a ton in the later days of 2020 but Murata did everything that was asked of her and then some in her first UFC bout. It will be interesting to see how she fairs against a bit better competition.
Debut opponent switched
StrawweightUFC
Out
November 5, 2020
Murata will now take on Randa Markos in her UFC debut on Nov. 14, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Markos steps in to replace Livinha Souza, who withdrew with a shin injury. In Markos, she'll face a fighter looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats. Murata has won seven straight fights with other promotions and owns an overall 11-1 record as a professional.
November bout set
StrawweightUFC
Out
August 19, 2020
Murata will take on Livinha Souza at the UFC event on November 14, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Murata signed with the UFC in early July and will look to take her first victory with the promotion in November. No location has been set at this point.