Souris Manfredi of France is leaving the world of bare-knuckle fighting for K-1 kickboxing and the Land of the Rising Sun.
Manfredi recently challenged Fani Peloumpi of Greece for the inaugural BKFC strawweight championship, losing a narrow split-decision in Thailand. A few days later, she confirmed via her Instagram page, her intentions to challenge K-1 women’s flyweight champion Kana Morimoto for the belt.
Morimoto (18-3-0), 29, known as “KANA” to fight fans, is a popular Japanese kickboxer who is also a 2019 K-1 Grand Prix winner and two-time Krush women’s flyweight champ. She is a top-10 female kickboxer and has won five of her last six matches.
Manfredi is the current reigning World Lethwei Championship women’s bantamweight champion since August 2020. Since then, she moved primarily to bareknuckle fighting with the BKFC Thailand promotion.
“I’ve only had two K-1 fights,” Manfredi confirmed to MMA Crossfire from Thailand. “It’s a good challenge against Kana.”
The bout is scheduled for June 25.