Strawweight Queen of Pancrase Syuri Kondo Inked for UFC Japan
Sources have confirmed to MMA Today that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed Syuri Kondo, one of the biggest stars in the world of pro wrestling and MMA in Japan for its return to the Saitama Super Arena on 23 September for UFC Fight Night 117.
The 28 year-old has spent her entire career with Pancrase MMA since debuting in early 2016 and is undefeated in mixed martial arts competition. At Pancrase 287 back in May of this year, Kondo won the vacant Strawweight Title with a clean sweep on the judge’s scorecards over Kinberly Tanaka Novaes in a five round domination. Although she has only one TKO finish, all of her decision victories have been unanimous which is an understatement.
On top of that, she possesses a combined record of 13-1 in kickboxing and Shootboxing contests with a championship under the Krush banner.
At the same time, she is extremely famous for her activity in the pro wrestling realm which is enormous in her country. Kondo has competed for some of the biggest organizations and held many titles while creating a tremendous following simultaneously.
As a result, she brings all of the fandom from pro wrestling to MMA that the UFC definitely can take advantage of during the buildup of this card. Although she is fairly unknown to the western hemisphere, her pedigree in both disciplines can and will draw the attention of many worldwide.
Facing her in a strawweight matchup will be 19 year-old South Korean phenom Chan-Mi Jeon, who debuted in early June on a weeks notice at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland against JJ Aldrich. Sadly, she ended up missing weight and went into the bout somewhat visibly ill-prepared and resultantly lost for the first time in her career.
This go-around should be different since she will have a full camp to prepare for her opponent.
In the end, a clash between a kickboxer and a Muay Thai specialist most of the time brings the folks in attendance to their feet so look for a battle to commence when Kondo and Jeon collide.