Growing up in Japan, Syuri was born to a Japanese father and Filipino mother. Syuri excelled at many things; starting at a young age, she was winning titles in Karate, track and field, and even tennis when she was in high school. But it was her time as a model that she was noticed by the professional wrestling promotion Hustle. This is where her journey in combat sports begins.
Syuri went from wrestling to shoot boxing and kickboxing to where she is today, mixed martial arts. She wrestled under several promotions from 2008 to 2016, and even as a freelancer. During this time frame, she began shoot boxing and kickboxing where she enjoyed success and was named rookie of the year at the end of 2009 for Jewels promotion after defeating Asako Saioka via unanimous decision.
As she continued to compete in shoot boxing and kickboxing with several promotions including Jewels and Krush, she was given an opportunity to compete in a tournament to determine the first Krush women’s champion in 2014. After winning the championship in a thrilling match that had to be decided by an extra fourth round after a score by one judge of 30-29 for Kondo, and the other two judges scoring the bout 29-29. Kondo won the fourth round easily with a score of 10-8 thus granting her the first Krush women’s championship. Kondo then would go on to win her first title defense via unanimous decision, and she would win her next title defense in the same manner. It should be noted that she did drop a non-title bout between the two title defenses via unanimous decision.
Success is in her DNA
Kondo’s MMA debut was with Pancrase in 2016, a mixed martial arts promotion based in Japan. Don’t be surprised to hear that Kondo enjoyed serious success and is a fan favorite. Here’s the impressive breakdown of her time with Pancrase:
|Syuri Kondo vs Kanna Asakura -Pancrase 277||Win – Decision (Unanimous)|
|Syuri Kondo vs Nicole Angelica Caliari – Pancrase 279||Win – Decision (Unanimous)|
|Syuri Kondo vs Sharma Devaiah – Pancrase 282||Win – TKO (Punches) Round 1|
|Syuri Kondo vs Minna Grusander – Pancrase 284||Win – Decision (Unanimous)|
|Syuri Kondo vs Kimberly Tanaka Novaes – Pancrase 287||Win – Decision (Unanimous)|
To come into mixed martial arts in the women’s strawweight division and have an undefeated record, no matter what promotion you are with is impressive. Syuri brings with her a great attitude and a big heart. She is an up and comer in women’s MMA and this woman can go places. You have to be excited to see someone who’s undefeated making her UFC debut in her home country. She has a tough test ahead of her in Chan-Mi Jeon with an impressive record of her own of 5-1 with four quick first-round knockouts. Syuri will need to avoid those vicious knees and do what she does best, control open space, and make her opponent reach.
Does Syuri Kondo have what it takes to make it in the UFC, or is the stacked women’s strawweight division going to be too much for her?
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