Sumiko Nakano

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Sumiko Nakano

Sumiko Nakano - Mixed Martial Artist

Sumiko Nakano (born December 8, 1998) is a British-Japanese mixed martial artist, competing in the flyweight division. Known in the MMA community as the "Silent Lioness," Nakano has garnered attention for her technical prowess and strategic approach to fights.


Sumiko Nakano was born on December 8, 1998, in Osaka, Japan. Her life took a dramatic turn at the age of three due to a car accident that resulted in the tragic loss of her parents and left her with a speech disability. The following year, Nakano's life would change course once again when she was adopted by a British family, prompting her move to the United Kingdom at the age of four.

This transition to a new country at a young age, compounded by the challenges arising from her early trauma and speech disability, significantly shaped Nakano's childhood and personal development. Despite these challenges, or perhaps because of them, Nakano found solace and a means of expression through martial arts. It is important to note, however, that her initial involvement in martial arts was not driven by an ambition to pursue a career in mixed martial arts (MMA); rather, it emerged as a pivotal part of her upbringing and a key aspect of her adaptation to her new life in the UK.

As Nakano matured, her engagement with martial arts deepened, encompassing disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, and Kickboxing. These practices offered not only physical development but also a sense of community and belonging. The nickname "Silent Lioness" was later bestowed upon her, a nod to her quiet determination and the strength she demonstrated both in and out of the dojo.

Nakano's adoption by a British family and subsequent upbringing in the UK played crucial roles in her life, laying the foundation for her eventual rise in the world of mixed martial arts. Her journey from overcoming personal adversity in her early years to embracing martial arts as a form of self-expression highlights her resilience and adaptability.

Mixed Martial Arts Career

In the flyweight division, Sumiko Nakano, also known as the "Silent Lioness," competes in the flyweight division. She is coached by Cem Gökçen at MMA Sanctuary Academy in London, England. Nakano has developed a fighting style that incorporates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, and Kickboxing, contributing to her success in MMA.

To date, Nakano's professional record includes 2 wins and 1 loss. Her MMA career highlights include:

  • First Fight: On March 19, 2022, at "London Amateur Fight Night", she faced a split decision loss.[1][2]
  • Second Fight: On January 28, 2023, at the "Winter Warrior Invitational", Nakano claimed a unanimous decision victory.[3]
  • Third Fight: On September 2, 2023, at the "London Martial Arts Showcase", she achieved another unanimous decision win.[4]

Nakano's victory in the "London Rumble" tournament is a significant milestone in her career, emphasizing her dedication to MMA and her status within the sport.[5]

Impact and Recognition

Nakano's influence within MMA is notable for her ability to overcome personal challenges and succeed in a competitive environment. Her transition from dealing with a speech disability to becoming a recognized MMA athlete showcases her determination and resilience.


For more images and insights into Sumiko Nakano's life and career, you can visit her Instagram account:[6]