RIZIN's sculpted judoka gets her org on the board, as Kana Watanabe (9-0-1) slowly overwhelms a fast-starting Ilara Joanne with her grappling en route to a third-round TKO! She rides seven straight wins, five of them finishes. #Bellator237 #BellatorJapan pic.twitter.com/dWBM8M2pOq— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) December 29, 2019
Unbeaten Japanese flyweight Kana Watanabe has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA.
Watanabe was an Olympic qualifier for judo in Japan and sports a 9-0-1 career mark in MMA. She has competed for both Deep and Rizin while finishing six of her opponents by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Most recently, she defeated Ilara Joanne by third-round TKO in a crossover bout at Bellator 237 in December 2019.
Watanabe will join a flyweight division that will have arguably its biggest bout to date when undefeated reigning champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane locks horns with the also-unbeaten Juliana Velasquez at Bellator 254 on Thursday night.