Unbeaten Rizin Veteran Kana Watanabe Signs Contract with Bellator MMA

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 9, 2020


Unbeaten Japanese flyweight Kana Watanabe has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA.

MMAjunkie.com was first to report the new addition to the roster, which was later confirmed by Bellator officials. A date for Watanabe’s promotional debut is currently unknown.

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.

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