MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Female Strawweights – #2– Mizuki Inoue

Number 2 on our female strawweight prospect spotlight is Japanese star in the making, Mizuki Inoue.  There have been a lot of superlativesMizuki-Inoue thrown towards Inoue.  Prodigy.  The best prospect in Japan.  All of them are appropriate.  I think that all things considered, Inoue is the brightest prospect in Japan and presents the best chance of being the first Japanese fighter to hold a UFC title.  Here is the crazy thing.  Inoue is 19-years old.  She has a 7-2 career record.  I do feel we need to give a disclaimer on her record.  In one of the losses on her record she failed to make weight.  So according to the rules in Japan she had to fight, but could not win.  She defeated Emi Tomimatsu by armbar, but her record shows it as a disqualification loss.  So for our purposes she is 8-1.  She has wins over future TUF 20 competitors Bec Rawlings and Alex Chambers as well as Emi Fujino.

She is a very technical sound fighter.  Her stand up game is really solid.  I am really impressed with her footwork and head movement. Inoue also is willing to grab a thai clinch and throw knees in the clinch and elbows.  Inoue is creative as well.  She will throw up elbows and kicks from the clinch.  She is very proficient on her feet.  She also has good grappling.  Her takedowns and trips are solid.  She also has submission abilities.  She is just an all around good fighter.

I heard from a pretty reliable source that the UFC has already tried to sign Inoue.  Apparently, her DEEP contract would not allow her to leave and sign with UFC.  I would imagine that whenever she is willing and contractually free to sign with UFC that they would be more than happy to have her.


1. Leandro Higo
2. Henry Cejudo
3. Pietro Menga
4. Alexandre Pantoja
5. Sean Santella
6. Marcin Lasota
7. Nick Urso
8. Mikihito Yamagami
9. Alex Sandoval
10. Louis Smolka


1. Aljamain Sterling
2. Michinori Tanaka
3. Pedro Munhoz
4. Thomas Almeida
5. Sheymon Moraes
6. Julio Arce
7. Anthony Birchak
8. Tuerxun Jumabieke
9. Yuta Sasaki
10. Adi Alic


1. Mirsad Bektic
2. Gleristone Santos
3. Raoni Barcelos
4. Jim Alers
5. Chas Skelly
6. Martin Buschkamp
7. Bekbulat Magomedov
8. Chris Fishgold
9. Marat Gafurov
10. Brian Ortega


1. Gilbert Burns
2. Mansour Barnaoui
3. Carlos Diego Ferreira
4. Lowen Tynanes
5. Lukasz Sajewski
6. Islam Makhachev
7. Scott Holtzman
8. Frankie Perez
9. Magomed Alhasov
10. Musa Khamanaev


1. Nicolas Dalby
2. Marcin Bandel
3. Marif Piraev
4. Tom Breese
5. Warlley Alves de Andrade
6. Walter Gahadza
7. Chris Heatherly
8. Sergey Khandozhko
9. Vlad Popovskiy
10. Ryan Scope


1. Scott Askham
2. Sean Strickland
3. Chris Honeycutt
4. Ben Reiter
5. Ricardo Abreu
6. Andrew Sanchez
7. Jake Collier
8. Ramazan Emeev
9. Max Nunes
10. Miles Marshall

Light Heavyweights

1. Patrick Cummins
2. Jan Blachowicz
3. Viktor Nemkov
4. Brandon Ropati
5. Steve Bosse
6. Tomasz Narkun
7. Gideon Drotschie
8. Matej Batinic
9. Stephan Puetz
10. Maxim Grishin


1. Ruslan Magomedov
2. Marcin Tybura
3. Denis Smoldarev
4. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
5. Viktor Pesta
6. Ion Cutelaba
7. Magomed Malikov
8. Ante Delija
9. Cody East
10. Smealinho Rama

Women’s Bantamweight


Women’s Strawweights

2. Mizuki Inoue
3. Katja Kankaanpaa
4. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
5. Stephanie Eggink
6. Randa Markos Thomas
7. Aisling Daly
8. Norma Rueda Center
9. Herica Tiburcio
10. Livia Renata Souza

One Response to MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Female Strawweights – #2– Mizuki Inoue

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