It would appear that the current Invicta FC Strawweight Champion is on her way to the UFC as the promotion has reportedly signed Kanako Murata.
Rizin, which is a promotion that Murata also fights for, announced the news through Twitter:
Here is a translation of what Rizin wrote in the tweet, provided by Google Translate:
“Natsuko Murata "Fighting the world with the RIZIN signboard" RIZIN fighter # Natsuko Murata ( @m_r_t_k_n_k ) UFC participation is decided! A message arrived from Natsuko Murata for RIZIN fans!”
Murata (11-1-0) will come into the UFC riding a seven fight winning streak and she hasn’t suffered a defeat in over three years. Murata is the current Invicta FC Strawweight Champion, defeating Bellator MMA veteran Emily Ducote to win the gold at Invicta FC 38. Murata won five of six when competing under the Rizin banner, with a notable win coming over UFC veteran Angela Magana at Rizin 12. Murata has picked up eleven wins as a professional MMA fighter and five of them came by way of decision.
There is no word at this time as to when Murata will make her promotional debut or whom that bout will come against.