Miriam Nakamoto

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Miriam Nakamoto
BornMiriam Herbie Nakamoto
(1976-08-05) August 5, 1976 (age 43)
United States
Other namesThe Queen of Mean
ResidenceDublin, California
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out ofDublin, California, United States
TeamCombat Sports Academy
RankBlue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2005–present (Kickboxing)
2012–present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By knockout1
No contests1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Miriam Herbie Nakamoto[1] (born August 5, 1976) is an American professional female Muay Thai fighter and mixed martial artist fighting at Bantamweight (135 pounds).[2]

Muay Thai career[edit]

Nakamoto began fighting Muay Thai professionally in 2005.[3] She is an eight-time world champion in the sport.[4] Having produced a perfect 16–0 record to date.[4]

Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

Red Canvas[edit]

In 2012, Nakamoto made the transition to MMA.[5] On September 15, 2012, Nakamoto made her MMA debut at Red Canvas Fight Promotions- Art of Submission 2.[6] Nakamoto finished her opponent, Elizabeth Phillips, with knees in the 2nd round.[7]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Nakamoto made her Invicta FC debut on April 5, 2013, at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson. Nakamoto knocked out future The Ultimate Fighter 18 contestant Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke in the first round. Nakamoto was awarded the IFC: Knock out of the Night.[8] Even though the result was originally a KO victory for Nakamoto, over a month later, it was overturned by the Missouri Office of Athletics to no contest due to an illegal knee.[9]

Nakamoto returned to Invicta FC for their next event, Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg.[10] Miriam faced professional boxer Duda Yankovich.[11] Nakamoto won by first round technical-knockout due to knee and punches.[12] Again, Nakamoto was awarded the IFC: Knock out of the Night.[13]

Nakamoto faced undefeated Lauren Murphy for the inaugural Invicta FC bantamweight championship belt at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013.[14] Nakamoto lost the fight in the fourth round when she injured her knee.

On July 28, 2019, Nakamoto announced that Joe Rogan has paid for her to have stem-cell therapy to treat her meniscus which has a grade 3 lesion and prevented her from fighting since 2013.[15]

Television and film[edit]

In 2005, Nakamoto was the Female Lead in the music video Tired of Being Sorry directed by Joaquin Phoenix and performed by indie rock band Ringside.[16] In 2007, Miriam was on the hit reality TV show, Fight Girls, which aired on the Oxygen Channel. In episode 5, Nakamoto defeated housemate Jennifer Tate by split decision after three exhibition rounds.[17]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Muay Thai[edit]

  • World Championship Kickboxing
    • 2012 WCK Champion of Champions Super Lightweight Champion
  • World Boxing Council Muaythai
    • 2010 WBC Muaythai World Lightweight Champion (Two title defenses)
  • World Muaythai Council
    • 2010 WMC World Lightweight Champion
  • Thai Boxing Association
    • 2010 TBA World Lightweight Champion
  • World Professional Muaythai Federation
    • 2007 WPMF Light Welterweight Champion
  • International Federation of Muaythai Amateur
    • 2009 IFMA Muaythai World Championships Gold Medalist Light Welterweight
    • 2009 IFMA Muaythai World Championships Best Female Boxer

Amateur boxing[edit]

  • San Francisco Golden Gloves
    • 2004 Champion

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record
Amateur kickboxing record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2009-12-03 Win Morocco Rachida Hilali IFMA World Muaythai Championships 2009, Finals Bangkok, Thailand Decision (unanimous) N/A N/A
Wins IFMA World Muaythai Championships Women's Light Welterweight gold medal.
2009-12-02 Win Sweden Jenni Andersson IFMA World Muaythai Championships 2009, Semi Finals Bangkok, Thailand N/A N/A N/A
2009-11-30 Win Finland Katariina Perkkio IFMA World Muaythai Championships 2009, Quarter Finals Bangkok, Thailand N/A N/A N/A

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
4 matches 2 wins 1 loss
By knockout 2 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 (1) Lauren Murphy TKO (injury) Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 4 0:23 Kansas City, Missouri, United States For Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 2–0 (1) Duda Yankovich TKO (knee and punches) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 1 2:08 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Knockout of the Night.
NC 1–0 (1) Jessamyn Duke NC (overturned) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 1 2:20 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Originally a knockout victory for Nakamoto, but was later overturned by the Missouri Office of Athletics due to an illegal knee. Knockout of the Night.
Win 1–0 Elizabeth Phillips TKO (knees) Red Canvas - Art of Submission 2 September 15, 2012 2 3:39 San Jose, California, United States

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
5 fights 2 wins 3 losses
By knockout 1 0
By decision 1 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
5 Loss 2–3 United States Tatina Anderson SD 4 May 19, 2011 United States Lakeside Golf Course, Burbank, California, United States
4 Loss 2–2 United States Tammy Franks SD 4 October 26, 2006 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
3 Loss 2–1 United States Crystal Morales SD 4 May 12, 2006 United States Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Lancaster, California, United States
2 Win 2–0 Peru Kina Malpartida UD 4 April 20, 2006 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
1 Win 1–0 United States Maria Elena Anderson KO 2 (4) May 5, 2005 United States Hyatt Regency Hotel, Irvine, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NSAC report of XFA 2
  2. ^ "Miriam Nakamoto ("The Queen of Mean") | MMA Fighter Page". Tapology. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  3. ^ "Miriam Nakamoto Credits MMA For Newfound Financial Stability". MMARising.com. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  4. ^ a b "Lauren Murphy vs Miriam Nakamoto Title Fight Set For Invicta FC 7". MMARising.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  5. ^ "Miriam "The Queen of Mean" Nakamoto MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  6. ^ "Red Canvas Promotions: Submissions 2 | The Tapology MMA Forums". Tapology.com. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  7. ^ "Red Canvas - Art of Submission 2". Sherdog.com. 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  8. ^ "Invicta FC 5 Bonuses: Kaufman vs Smith Wins Fight Of The Night". MMARising.com. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  9. ^ Bohn, Mike (2013-05-15). "Jessamyn Duke successfully appeals KO loss to Miriam Nakamoto at Invicta FC 5". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  10. ^ Bohn, Mike (2013-04-20). "Invicta FC 6 set for July 13, 13-bout lineup set with Santos-Coenen headliiner". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  11. ^ "Women's Boxing: Duda Yankovich Biography". Wban.org. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  12. ^ "Invicta FC 6 Official Fight Results". Invictafc.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  13. ^ "Invicta FC 6 bonuses and awards: Smith, Maia, Penne and Nakamoto take home post-fight awards". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  14. ^ "InvictaFC 7 Card Released with Three Title Matches | Wombat Sports". Wombatsports.wordpress.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  15. ^ "Joe Rogan surprises fighter Miriam Nakamoto by covering medical procedure to help her make a comeback". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  16. ^ "Ringside - Tired Of Being Sorry". YouTube. 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  17. ^ "Fight Girls: Season 2, Episode 5 : Another One Bites the Dust". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04.

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