Pancrase women’s bantamweight champ, Rin Nakai, will make her UFC debut this weekend against Miesha “Cupcake” Tate at UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan. If you’re not yet familiar with the 26-year-old undefeated Japanese fighter, consider this your brief primer.
She’s 16-0-1 and most recently scored decision wins over Tara LaRosa and Sarah D’Alello. In the video above, recorded in April of last year, you can watch Nakai do work against one Brenda Gonzales (5-1) at Pancrase 247. Incidentally, Gonzales was 4-0 going into the bout.
There’s a pretty long feeling out period, but once Nakai gets her hands on Gonzales it becomes apparent her biggest asset is her strength. Six of her 16 wins have been via submission, six by decision, and four by TKO (2 were doctor stoppages). This sets up an interesting scenario with Tate, who is also known for her grappling.
Oddsmakers have Tate the favorite at -270, with Nakai at +210.
In addition to her skills in the ring, Nakai is also known for her somewhat strange and often revealing Youtube videos such as this one of her taking a bath in a swimsuit:
Keep in mind, this is published on the Pancrase channel on Youtube. This is how they promote their fighters. Interesting, huh?
Here’s another one of her topless, lifting weights:
And one more, with Rin working out with a heavy bag and an exercise ball in what can only be described as a hooker outfit:
Makes me wonder what the brainstorming session was like when Pancrase PR came up with that one. And Heather Jo Clark thinks Felice Herrig takes it too far…. geesh.
This is Rin too:
Also, check out Vice’s “Strength and Beauty” video as they take an in-depth look at Rin Nakai and Miesha Tate ahead of their fight this weekend at Saitama Arena:
So who you picking in the fight, Tate or Nakai?