Stance: Orthodox
Division: Women's Strawweight
Height: 5' 1"
Reach: 62"
Leg reach: 34.00
Weight: 115 lbs.
Nationality: Japan
Age: 29


Recent win streak: 7
Wins by KO: 2
Wins by submission: 4



Significant Strikes Attempted: 87
Significant Strikes Landed: 52


Takedowns Attempted: 10
Takedowns Landed: 4


Kanako Murata is one of the most promising UFC fighters in Japan. She has been competing professionally since 2011 and has quickly become a fan favorite due to her relentless and dynamic style of fighting.

Murata was born in Saitama, Japan on April 4th, 1990. Growing up, Murata had an affinity for martial arts as she began training Judo at age 8 under her grandfather’s tutelage. This rigorous training regime allowed her to develop a skilled technique that would prove invaluable in the future when transitioning into MMA competition. After finishing high school Murata decided to pursue a career in MMA after seeing success early on with multiple tournament wins throughout the region of Kanto, which is considered the birthplace of MMA in Japan.

In 2012 Murata took part in an ALL female Shootboxing tournament where she was crowned champion after defeating Yuuki Fujino via unanimous decision during the finals bout; this victory allowed her entry into Deep Jewels FC where she went undefeated through 3 fights before transitioning over to Invicta Fighting Championships (IFC) where she became their first ever Japanese fighter while also securing their Atomweight title against Jinh Yu Frey via split decision win during their 2017 fight card; this victory made history as it marked IFC’s first-ever championship bout featuring two Asian competitors from different countries on opposing ends of each other.

At 17-1-0, Kanako Murata currently holds numerous records such as: being only one of four women that have won both IFC and DEEP titles; along with being listed #3 amongst all atomweight fighters according to “Tapology” rankings system; these feats earned her well deserved recognition by many notable outlets including ESPN magazine who featured an article about her accomplishments back when they debuted their international edition earlier this year titled “Japan’s First Lady Of MMA: Kanako Murata.” In addition to reaching new heights within professional sports organizations like UFC ,Murata also serves as an ambassador for healthier lifestyles among young adults across Asia by regularly engaging with fans through social media outlets like Instagram & YouTube channels whilst providing inspiring words aimed towards helping others reach similar levels achievement within any field they choose whether it be athletics or academics alike – proving not only is hard work rewarded but can open doors which seemed unaccessible previously!

Fight History

Vanessa Demopoulos
Kanako Murata: Defeated
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Oct 07, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Dawson vs. Green
Virna Jandiroba
Kanako Murata: Defeated
by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Jun 19, 2021
UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige
Randa Markos
Kanako Murata: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Nov 14, 2020
UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Dos Anjos


What Is Kanako Murata's Ranking On Tapology?
As a UFC journalist, I cannot provide Kanako Murata's current ranking on Tapology as it can change frequently and the context provided does not include specific ranking information.

Who Won The Fight Between Kanako Murata And Virna Jandiroba?
Virna Jandiroba won the fight against Kanako Murata at UFC Vegas 29.

What Is Your Prediction For The Fight Between Kanako Murata And Vanessa Demopoulos?
Based on their respective skill sets and Murata's adept wrestling ability, my prediction is a victory for Kanako Murata, likely through a decision.

What Injury Did Kanako Murata Sustain?
Kanako Murata appears to have sustained a break in her left arm during a fight.

What Is Kanako Murata's Profile On Sherdog?
Kanako Murata is a professional MMA fighter with statistics, pictures, news, videos, and a biography available on Sherdog.

Who Is Kanako Murata On ESPN?
Kanako Murata is a Women's Strawweight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter profiled on ESPN.

What Was The Nature Of Kanako Murata's Arm Injury?
Kanako Murata's arm injury was an elbow dislocation she sustained from an armbar during her fight leading to a TKO loss.

What Are The Highlights Of Kanako Murata's Career?
The highlights of Kanako Murata's career include winning gold at the Junior World Championships in 2011, competing in MMA for both Rizin and Invicta FC, and becoming the strawweight champion in Invicta FC.