July 27, 1974 |
|Other names||Girlfight Monster|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg)|
|Reach||61 in (155 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Team||Abe Ani Combat Club|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Akano made her mixed martial arts debut on November 26, 2004 against veteran Megumi Yabushita. Akano went into the fight with a broken foot, unwilling to pull out of the fight beforehand. She was defeated by Unanimous Decision.
She faced Molly Helsel at Smackgirl – Women Hold Their Ground on September 15, 2006. She won the fight by armbar submission in the second round and became the second Smackgirl Middleweight (128-Pound) Champion.
On April 14, 2007, Akano faced Amanda Buckner at BodogFight – Clash of the Nations. She was defeated by Unanimous Decision.
Akano faced Cristiane Justino at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz on April 11, 2009. Justino came in six pounds overweight for the fight. Akano originally rejected the fight due to Justino failing to make weight but later accepted the fight. She lost the fight by TKO due to strikes in the third round.
Akano was part of the one-night Strikeforce 135-pound women's tournament on August 13, 2010 at Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor. A random drawing was held on the day of the weigh-ins to determine first-round matchups and Akano faced Carina Damm in the opening round of the tournament.
Akano was scheduled to face Roxanne Modafferi at World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight on December 30, 2010, but the fight was cancelled after Modafferi suffered a stomach illness and was unable to compete.
It was announced on August 2, that Akano has retired from the sport of MMA.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||18 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||18–10||Alexis Davis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann||July 28, 2012||2||3:41||Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.|
|Loss||18–9||Sara McMann||Decision (unanimous)||ProElite 3: Grove vs. Minowa||January 21, 2012||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.|
|Win||18–8||Roxanne Modafferi||Decision (unanimous)||Jewels 15th Ring||July 9, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||17–8||Chisa Yonezawa||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase: Impressive Tour 2||March 13, 2011||1||0:40||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||16–8||Miesha Tate||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor||August 13, 2010||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||Final of Women's 135 lb tournament|
|Win||16–7||Carina Damm||Submission (triangle armbar)||Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor||August 13, 2010||2||1:48||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||Semi-final of Women's 135 lb tournament|
|Loss||15–7||Hiroko Yamanaka||Decision (split)||Jewels 7th Ring||March 19, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–6||Miki Morifuji||Technical submission (straight armbar)||Jewels 4th Ring||July 11, 2009||2||4:17||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14–6||Cristiane Justino||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz||April 11, 2009||3||0:35||San Jose, California, U.S.||Catchweight bout due to Justino missing weight|
|Win||14–5||Mika Harigai||Submission (armbar)||Jewels 1st Ring||November 16, 2008||1||0:38||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–5||Hiroko Yamanaka||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: World Remix Tournament Semifinal||April 26, 2008||2||3:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–5||Megumi Yabushita||Submission (heel hook)||Smackgirl: World ReMix Tournament Opening||February 14, 2008||2||4:16||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||11–5||Vanessa Porto||Decision (split)||FFF 3: War of the Roses||November 3, 2007||5||3:00||Ontario, California, U.S.|
|Loss||11–4||Takayo Hashi||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: Queen's Hottest Summer||September 6, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Lost Smackgirl Middleweight Championship|
|Win||11–3||Liz Posener||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: The Queen Said The USA Is Strongest||May 19, 2007||2||0:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||10–3||Amanda Buckner||Decision (unanimous)||BodogFight: Clash of the Nations||April 14, 2007||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||10–2||Keiko Tamai||Submission (armbar)||MARS: BodogFight||October 4, 2006||2||4:48||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–2||Molly Helsel||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: Women Hold Their Ground||September 15, 2006||2||1:32||Tokyo, Japan||Won Smackgirl Middleweight Championship|
|Win||8–2||Emma Bush||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: Top Girl Battle||June 30, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–2||Tara LaRosa||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Mixfight: USA vs Russia 3||June 3, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Win||7–1||Debi Purcell||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: Advent of Goddess||February 15, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–1||Keiko Tamai||Submission (armbar)||G-Shooto: G-Shooto 03||December 17, 2005||1||1:27||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Asako Saioka||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: Shimokita Experiment League||October 15, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–1||Takayo Hashi||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: Dynamic !!||August 17, 2005||1||1:19||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–1||Kinuka Sasaki||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: The Next Cinderella 2005 Second Stage||July 10, 2005||1||3:58||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Seri Saito||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: The Next Cinderella 2005 First Stage||April 29, 2005||2||1:25||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–1||Mika Harigai||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: Refresh 2005||January 8, 2005||1||2:29||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Megumi Yabushita||Decision (unanimous)||G-Shooto: G-Shooto 01||November 26, 2004||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
- 2007 Smackgirl Middleweight Champion
- 2006 Smackgirl Middleweight Champion 
- 1999 Grand Prix Città di Roma (U63) (Silver)
- 1999 ASKO World Tournament Leonding (U63) (Silver)
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- "Smackgirl Postponed, Financial Problems Possible". Sherdog.com. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
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- "Miesha Tate Wins Strikeforce Women's Tournament". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- "Blanco-Park, Kanehara-Maeda Booked for 'Soul of Fight'". Sherdog.com. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
- "Sengoku Results & Live Play-By-Play". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Fujii, Nakai Victorious At SRC; Akano vs Modafferi Scrapped". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "Hitomi Akano vs Chisa Yonezawa Set For March Pancrase". MMARising.com. 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- "Hitomi Akano Picks Up Quick Submission Win At Pancrase". MMARising.com. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
- "Three Big Fights Announced For Jewels: "15th Ring" Card". MMARising.com. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Jewels: "15th Ring" Live Play-By-Play & Results". MMARising.com. 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Hitomi Akano vs Sara McMann Targeted For ProElite 3". MMARising.com. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
- "Sara McMann Dominates Hitomi Akano In ProElite 3 Co-Main". MMARising.com. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- "Alexis Davis Faces Hitomi Akano In Invicta FC 2 Co-Feature". MMARising.com. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
- "Invicta FC 2 Results: McMann, Davis & Carmouche Victorious". MMARising.com. 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- "Hitomi Akano Retires".
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