UFC Fight Night 117's Syuri Kondo wants to add UFC champ to long list of accomplishments


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Syuri Kondo has just about done it all in combat sports and entertainment. But there’s one mountain she hasn’t yet climbed, and that’s in the UFC women’s strawweight division.

“I became a champ in kickboxing and pro wrestling, and when I thought about the next goal, I saw the imagery of the UFC and fighting, and I thought, ‘This is it. This is the top of the world, and that’s where I’m going to go,’” Kondo told MMAjunkie.

On Friday, Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a successful debut with the promotion, outpointing the tough Chan-Mi Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the FXX-televised prelims of UFC Fight Night 117 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Even with her extensive experience in kickboxing, karate and pro wrestling, Kondo felt like a newcomer fighting in the octagon.

“Making a debut in the UFC is totally different than other debuts, and my goal is to become a UFC champion one day,” she said. “I think I had a great start.”

It wasn’t an easy first night of work, but Kondo showed off impressive durability and pressure against Jeon, who grunted and screamed through three rounds in the pocket with her older foe. A stinging straight helped Kondo score on Jeon, ut as the fight went into deep waters, her early pressure paid dividends and Jeon faded.

One judge surprisingly called it 29-28 for Jeon. But the remaining two gave Kondo the shutout on scorecards, announcing her entry into the world’s toughest proving ground for MMA fighters.

Kondo, 28, has a long way to go before she’s challenging the likes of Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the octagon. But she’s liking her new home so far and is ready for whatever lies head.

“I was focused so much on this match, so I have no idea who I want to fight next,” Kondo said. “But whoever it’s going to be, I’m going to train hard and make sure I win.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Pair of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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September’s UFC Fight Night 117 lineup in Japan has two recent additions.

Earlier this week, officials announced flyweights Jussier Formiga (19-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and strawweights Chan-Mi Jeon (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Syuri Kondo (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Friday, Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Formiga, who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, had won three straight fights to surge up the ranks. However, the 32-year-old Brazilian is just 1-2 since then with a decision victory over Dustin Ortiz sandwiched by losses to former title challenger Henry Cejudo and upcoming title challenger Ray Borg.

He meets Sasaki, a 27-year-old Japanese fighter who’s currently on a 2-1 run. In his most recent appearance, the former featherweight and bantamweight scored a submission victory over Justin Scoggins that earned “Performance of the Night” awards.

Jeon, meanwhile, is a 19-year-old Korean fighter who recently made a short-notice promotional debut and suffered a decision loss to J.J. Aldrich. It marked the first loss of her pro career, which began in 2015 with a 5-0 run with four knockouts. She now meets Syuri Kondo, a 28-year-old Japanese fighter (and pro wrestler, boxer and kickboxer) who made her pro MMA debut in 2016. She heads to the UFC with a perfect 5-0 record that features one knockout and four decision wins – all under the Pancrase banner.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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