Anyone who follows Rin Nakai on social media will notice some recurring themes. She really wants to sign with the UFC and she also has issues with people criticizing her that have got so bad she is considering legal action.
Nakai touched on both in her latest post which, as always, was accompanied by a photo of her wearing rather less than is considered traditional. She proudly proclaimed herself to be the best female fighter in the division,
“I am confident that I am the strongest female flyweight in the world. I want to fight against the UFC champion.”
— Rin Nakai 中井りん (@RinNakai2) October 18, 2023
This week the UFC signed Puja Tomar. She competes in the strawweight division and has an 8-4 record, having been released by ONE Championship after losing three fights out of four.
Tomar’s record is nowhere near as impressive as Nakai’s. The Japanese flyweight has a 26-2-1 record and is riding a ten fight winning streak that has seen her win the Deep-Jewels flyweight tournament.
Tomar is eight year’s younger than Nakai, hails from a different country and competes in a different division. But the Japanese fighter has a far superior record and has been in with much better opponents.
Nakai seems to be under the impression that it is now what you do but who you know that counts when it comes to securing a UFC contract. She is crying out for a manager to step in and help her,
“I want to fight against the UFC champion, I can fight anyone. Please help me.”
— Rin Nakai 中井りん (@RinNakai2) October 7, 2023
Nakai also mentioned the ongoing issues with online trolls although she doesn’t provide any further detail just writing that,
“I am the victim of continued obstruction of business, defamation and slander.”
It seems she blames these trolls for her failure to secure a second UFC contract. She first signed for the promotion back in 2014 but would fight just twice in three years before being released.
Miesha Tate and Leslie Smith both beat Nakai but it is worth noting that those fights were at bantamweight. Since leaving the UFC she has dropped down to 125lbs and enjoyed sustained success, beating every opponent she has faced.
There are surely plenty of promotions around the world who would love to sign such a charismatic female fighter and Nakai’s love of cosplay would go down well with a lot of fanbases. But it seems she only has eyes for the UFC and, for the time being at least, her desperate pleas appear to be falling on death ears.