An intriguing women's bantamweight match-up is currently in the works for the UFC's next Fight Night event in Japan, as former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate could take on undefeated Queen of Pancrase Rin Nakai at the September 20 event.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported the bout on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, although nothing is finalized as of this writing.
A UFC newcomer with a grappling heavy style, Nakai (16-0-1) became one of Pancrase's biggest and most curious draws over the last few years, defeating the likes of Tara LaRosa and Sarah D'Alelio while also finding herself the center of a last-second rule restriction controversy and starring in an utterly bizarre series of YouTube videos published under the official Pancrase account, which feature the thickly muscled 27-year-old performing often mundane tasks in various states of undress.
Tate (14-5), meanwhile, most recently rebounded from a two-fight slump to pick up a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Liz Carmouche in mid-April, which propelled her into the No. 3 spot on the UFC's official rankings.
UFC Fight Night Japan is slated to take place on September 20, 2014 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. A heavyweight clash between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson is scheduled to headline the event, and according to Helwani, several other premier Japanese fighters are also expected to fight on the card.