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After suffering first loss, Fil – Japanese Kondo seeks redemption

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Filipino – Japanese UFC fighter Syuri Kondo seeks to bounce back following her first MMA setback.

Syuri Kondo is sticking to the positives after absorbing her first career defeat.

The Filipino – Japanese saw her streak came to a screeching halt. At UFC Chile, Kondo succumbed to Poliana Botelho in her first overseas fight. This ended her undefeated run which extended inside the Octagon.

While it disrupted her momentum, Kondo maintains a positive perspective. For her, if there’s one thing that she has learned from her setback, it is to prepare for the worst. Heading to her next assignment at UFC Beijing, she looks to apply this once she heads back to the cage.

“I didn’t dwell much on the loss. But what I learned the most is, I have to prepare even better in any circumstances.” Kondo tells RealFight PH about her most recent fight, “I am using this experience to win next time!”

According to the 29-year old Kanagawa-native, the loss eased the pressure of being undefeated. But that doesn’t mean her competitive nature has waned. As she geared for fellow prospect Yan Xiaonan in the promotion’s debut in Beijing, Kondo says she has put on extra effort in training. With that said, Kondo expressed confidence that she can go toe-to-toe with the Chinese slugger.

“There may have been pressure in the past, I always think that I do not want to lose.” She says, “We will try to bring out in Beijing what we have trained for against Yan.”

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The former Pancrase Queen believes that this fight would be a perfect opportunity not only to show her improvements but also prove that she is capable of winning in enemy soil. And as she seeks to bounce back, Kondo promises to exceed her past performances this weekend.

“It will be an interesting and exciting fight not only for me but also for all fans.”

She adds, “I hope everyone, including the Filipino fans, will continue to support me. I’d be happy if you believe that I can win.”

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