MMA

Japan’s Mizuki Inoue earns 1st UFC win, beats China’s Wu Yanan at ‘UFC Fight Night 157’

Mizuki Inoue, 25, of Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 157,” which is also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 15.″ It was her first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 professional mixed martial arts bouts, “UFC Fight Night 157” took place at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China on August 31, 2019. In the seventh bout of the evening, Inoue competed in the women’s flyweight division against “Mulan” Wu Yanan, 23, of Chaoyang, Lianing, China.

Thomas Fann served as the referee. After three five three-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28.

In the end, Fann raised the hand of Inoue. The Japanese contender was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 157” improved the professional MMA record of Inoue to 14 wins and 5 losses. On the other hand, Wu now has 10 wins and 3 losses.

“I knew the moment I took this fight that I would face my opponent in her home country and the crowd was rooting so much for her instead of me that I thought it was so funny it almost made me laugh,” Inoue said after her victory. “That relaxed me a lot.”

Eight countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 157” namely Brazil, China, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States. Inoue solely represented Japan while Wu was one of the six representatives of the China.

Training out of Hakushinkai Karate in Toyohashi, Inoue made her UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 157.” It was Wu’s third bout in the promotion.

Inoue was born in Toyohashi on August 19, 1994 and she has been competing professionally since 2010. Before joining the UFC, she competed in Jewels, Invicta Fighting Championships and Deep.

In the main event of “UFC Fight Night 157,” “Magnum” Zhang Weili, 30, became the new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion by dethroning defending champion Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, 27, of Parana, Brazil. Watch the full post-fight press conference here:

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