Kanako Murata, Loma Lookboonmee win big at Invicta FC 35

Kanako Murata made a big impression in her Invicta FC debut.

Invicta FC was in Kansas City early Saturday morning for Invicta FC 35 and two of Asia’s rising talents were in top form.

Representing Thailand, former Muay Thai fighter Loma Lookboonmee returned for her second Invicta FC outing and did not disappoint.

The atomweight prospect picked up a solid unanimous decision win over her Brazilian opponent Monique Adriane.

Over three rounds Loma was relentless, attacking with kicks and showing big improvements in her wrestling and takedown game – particular as the third round kick in.

All three judges scored it in favour of Lookboonmee 30-27.

With the win, the 23-year-old improves her MMA record to 3-1 and will hopefully be back for a second appearance with Pancrase.

A dominant debut

For someone who doesn’t practice jui jitsu, Kanako Murata has some surprisingly good submission skills.

The Japanese strawweight made her Invicta FC in Kansas City and wasted no time getting the win against her opponent Liana Pirosin.

Murata immediately put her wrestling skills into play, securing the takedown and pressuring Pirosin in the scramble. At 2:10 into the opening round, Murata locked in the rear-naked-choke and forced the tap.

“I’ve never really practiced the rear-naked choke,” she admitted in a post-fight interview.

“I’m very happy to make my Invicta debut. I was suppose to make my debut last December, but I was injured. Right now I’m very happy to get the win.”

Murata extends her win streak to six and extends her overall record to 10-1. The only loss on an otherwise impressive resume is to Rin Nakai at the RIZIN World Grand Prix in 2016.

Expect to see some big moves for this top Japanese prospect.

In the main event of Invicta FC 35 Karina Rodriguez defeated DeAnna Bennett via unanimous decision to set up a showdown with Invicta flyweight champion Vanessa Porto.


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