October 12, 1997
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Weight||108 lb (49 kg; 7.7 st)|
|Division||Atomweight (106 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Chiba, Japan|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kanna Asakura (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Unicode data' not found.); born October 12, 1997 in Chiba, Japan is a Japanese mixed martial artist. She competes in the Atomweight (106 lb) division and is currently signed with the Rizin Fighting Federation.
Mixed martial arts career[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Before transitioning to mixed martial arts, Asakura won first at the 2011 Klippan Ladies International Wrestling Tournament in the cadet division for 38kg.
Mixed Martial Arts Career[edit | edit source]
Asakura made her professional mixed martial arts debut on October 4, 2014 when she faced Naomi Okaki at Vale Tudo Japan 6 and won by unanimous decision. Following this, Asakura compiled a professional record of 9-2, with wins over Yasuko Tamada and Saori Ishioka, before signing with the Rizin Fighting Federation to join their Super Bantamweight World Grand Prix Tournament in December 2017. Asakura advanced to the finals, then competing in front of 18,316 fans in what was arguably the biggest women’s title fight in Japanese MMA history, choked out Shoot Boxing superstar Rena Kubota to become the inaugural Rizin FF Women’s Super Atomweight Champion.
On May 6, 2018 Kanna Asakura faced Melissa Sophia Karagianis at Rizin 10. She won the fight via three round unanimous decision extending her win streak to 7. After the fight Rena Kubota entered the ring and challenged her to a rematch. Soon after the fight was made official, and scheduled to take place on July 29, 2018 at Rizin 11 in Saitama, Japan. Despite several improvements from Rena, Asakura used her relentless pressure to win the bout by unanimous decision. After the bout Asakura was seen hugging kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa, fuelling further speculation that they may be in a relationship.
Mixed martial arts record[edit | edit source]
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||13 wins||2 losses|
|Win||13-2||Rena Kubota||Decision (Unanimous)||Rizin 11||July 29, 2018||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||12–2||Melissa Sophia Karagianis||Decision (Unanimous)||Rizin 10||May 6, 2018||3||5:00||Fukuoka, Japan|
|Win||11–2||Rena Kubota||Submission (Rear-naked choke)||Rizin World Grand-Prix 2017: Final Round||December 31, 2017||1||4:34||Saitama, Japan||Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix Final|
|Win||10–2||Maria de Oliveira Neta||Submission (Armbar)||Rizin World Grand-Prix 2017: Final Round||December 31, 2017||2||3:40||Saitama, Japan||Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals|
|Win||9–2||Sylwia Juskiewicz||Decision (Unanimous)||Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 2||October 15, 2017||3||5:00||Fukuoka, Japan||Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix 1st Round|
|Win||8–2||Saori Ishioka||Decision (Unanimous)||Deep Jewels 17||August 26, 2017||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix Qualification bout|
|Win||7–2||Aleksandra Toncheva Plamenova||Decision (Unanimous)||Rizin 2017 in Yokohama: Sakura||April 16, 2017||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||6–2||Natsuki Shimomakise||Submission (Rear-naked choke)||Deep Jewels 15||February 25, 2017||1||2:29||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||5–2||Alyssa Garcia||Decision (Unanimous)||Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd Round||December 29, 2016||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Yoon Ha Hong||Decision (Unanimous)||Deep - 77 Impact / Jewels 13||August 27, 2016||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–1||Mikiko Hiyama||Submission (Rear naked choke)||Shooto - Professional Shooto 7/17||July 17, 2016||1||3:43||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||3–1||Syuri Kondo||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase - 277||April 24, 2016||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Yasuko Tamada||Decision (Unanimous)||Vale Tudo Japan - VTJ 7th||September 13, 2015||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Miyuki Furusawa||Submission (Rear naked choke)||Vale Tudo Japan - VTJ in Osaka||June 21, 2015||1||2:17||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1-0||Naomi Okaki||Decision (Unanimous)||Vale Tudo Japan - VTJ 6th||October 4, 2014||3||5:00||Ōta, Tokyo||.|
Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit | edit source]
|Win||1-0||Mikiko Hiyama||Submission (Rear naked choke)||Shooto / STF - Hardball||November 8, 2015||1||3:18||Nagano, Japan||.|
References[edit | edit source]
- "Miyahara Leads Japanese Gold Rush Among Klippan Cadets". Japan Wrestling Federation. 5 March 2011.
- "Kanna Asakura Locked In Final Spot For Rizin's Super Atomweight Grand Prix". MMA Today. 30 August 2017.
- "Kyoji Horiguchi, Kanna Asakura Earn Impressive Stoppages to Win Rizin Grand Prix Titles". Sherdog. 31 December 2017.
- "Kanna Asakura-Rena Kubota Rematch, Jiri Prochazka vs. Bruno Cappelozza Set for Rizin 11". Sherdog. 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
- Fernanda Prates (29 July 2018). "Rizin FF 11 results: Kanna Asakura outworks Rena Kubota as Horiguchi shines and Gomi rebounds". MMAjunkie.com.
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