Hirata joked that she is becoming a ‘Pettanko’:
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A ‘Pettanko’ is a female anime character who places a great deal of importance on the fact that she is flat chested. The term is not always used as a compliment although Hirata certainly doesn’t need to be concerned about her appearance.
Hirata is undefeated in MMA. Her judo skills have established her as a fan favourite with ONE Championship and she is also extremely popular on social media having amassed over 150,000 Instagram followers.
Hirata is 5-0 and could be in line for an atomweight title shot if she defeats Radzuan later this month.Â We are not familiar enough with Japanese culture to judge whether or not she is a ‘Pettanko’ but the 22 year old seems to keep on winning both inside and outside of the cage.