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Hitomi Akano

Hitomi Akano (born July 27, 1974) is a retired Japanese mixed martial artist. She uses a song she penned herself called "Between the Sky" as her entrance music. Akano is a former Smackgirl Middleweight Champion at 128 pounds.

MMA careerEdit

Akano made her mixed martial arts debut on November 26, 2004 against veteran Megumi Yabushita. She was defeated by Unanimous Decision.

On August 17, 2005, Akano submitted Takayo Hashi at 1:19 of the first round at Smackgirl - Dynamic!!

Akano faced Tara LaRosa at MFC - USA vs. Russia 3 on June 3, 2006. She lost the fight 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 battled Takayo Hashi for the second time at Smackgirl - Queen's Hottest Summer on September 6, 2007. She was defeated by Unanimous Decision and lost the Smackgirl Middleweight Championship.

Akano fought Vanessa Porto at FFF 3 - War of the Roses on November 3, 2007. She lost the fight by Split Decision.

Akano rematched Megumi Yabushita in the opening round of the 2008 Smackgirl World ReMix Grand Prix. She defeated Yabushita with a heel hook in the second round.

Akano advanced to the finals of the ReMix tournament by submitting Hiroko Yamanaka on April 25, 2008, but Smackgirl closed its doors soon after and was later renamed Jewels.

On November 16, 2008, Akano submitted Mika Harigai with an armbar in just 38 seconds at Jewels - First Ring.

Akano faced Cristiane Santos at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz on April 11, 2009. Santos came in six pounds overweight for the fight. Akano originally rejected the fight due to Santos failing to make weight but later accepted the fight. She lost the fight by TKO due to strikes in the third round.

Following the Strikeforce bout, Akano returned to Japan and faced Miki Morifuji at Jewels - Fourth Ring. She defeated Morifuji by armbar in the second round.

Akano faced Hiroko Yamanaka for the second time at Jewels - Seventh Ring on March 19, 2010. She lost the fight by Split Decision.

MMA recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18-10 Canada flag Alexis Davis Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann 02012-
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July 28, 2012
2 3:41 United States flag Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Loss 18-9 United States flag
Sara McMann
Decision (unanimous) ProElite 3: Grove vs. Minowa 02012-
1
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January 21, 2012
3 5:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Win 18-8 United States flag Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) Jewels 15th Ring 02011-
7
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July 9, 2011
2 5:00 Japan flag
Tokyo, Japan
Win 17-8 Chisa Yonezawa Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Impressive Tour 2 02011-
March
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March 13, 2011
1 0:40 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Loss 16–8 United States flag Miesha Tate Decision (unanimous) Strike Force Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor 02010-
August
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August 13, 2010
3 3:00 United States flag Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Finals of Women's 135 lb tournament
Win 16–7 United States flag Carina Damm Submission (triangle armbar) Strike Force Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor 02010-
August
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August 13, 2010
2 1:48 United States flag Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Semi-final of Women's 135 lb tournament
Loss 15-7 Japan flag Hiroko Yamanaka Decision (Split) Jewels - Seventh Ring 02010-
March
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March 19, 2010
2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 15-6 Japan flag Miki Morifuji Submission (Armbar) Jewels - Fourth Ring 02009-
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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July 11, 2009
2 4:17 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14-6 Brazil flag Cristiane Santos TKO (Punches) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz 02009-
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April 11, 2009
3 0:35 United States flag San Jose, California Catchweight bout due to Santos missing weight
Win 14-5 Japan flag Mika Harigai Submission (Armbar) Jewels - First Ring 02008-
November
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November 16, 2008
1 0:38 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 13-5 Japan flag Hiroko Yamanaka Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - World Remix Tournament Semifinal 02008-
April
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April 26, 2008
2 3:10 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 12-5 Japan flag Megumi Yabushita Submission (Heel Hook) Smackgirl - World ReMix Tournament Opening 02008-
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February 14, 2008
2 4:16 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 11-5 Brazil flag Vanessa Porto Decision (Split) FFF 3 - War of the Roses 02007-
November
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November 3, 2007
5 3:00 United States flag Ontario, California
Loss 11-4 Japan flag Takayo Hashi Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Queen's Hottest Summer 02007-
September
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September 6, 2007
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Lost Smackgirl Middleweight Championship
Win 11-3 Canada flag Liz Posener Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - The Queen Said The USA Is Strongest 02007-
May
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May 19, 2007
2 0:52 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 10-3 United States flag Amanda Buckner Decision (Unanimous) BodogFight - Clash of the Nations 02007-
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April 14, 2007
3 5:00 Russia flag Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 10-2 Japan flag Keiko Tamai Submission (Armbar) MARS - BodogFight 02006-
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October 4, 2006
2 4:48 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 9-2 United States flag Molly Helsel Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Women Hold Their Ground 02006-
September
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September 15, 2006
2 1:32 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Won Smackgirl Middleweight Championship
Win 8-2 United States flag Emma Bush Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Top Girl Battle 02006-
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June 30, 2006
2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7-2 United States flag Tara LaRosa Decision (Unanimous) M-1 Mixfight - USA vs Russia 3 02006-
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June 3, 2006
3 5:00 United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 7-1 United States flag Debi Purcell Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Advent of Goddess 02006-
February
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February 15, 2006
2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 6-1 Japan flag Keiko Tamai Submission (Armbar) G-Shooto 03 02005-
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December 17, 2005
1 1:27 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 5-1 Japan flag Asako Saioka Decision (Unanimous) Smackgirl - Shimokita Experiment League 02005-
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October 15, 2005
2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-1 Japan flag Takayo Hashi Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Dynamic!! 02005-
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August 17, 2005
1 1:19 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 3-1 Japan flag Kinuka Sasaki Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - The Next Cinderella 2005 Second Stage 02005-
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July 10, 2005
1 3:58 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 2-1 Japan flag Seri Saito Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - The Next Cinderella 2005 First Stage 02005-
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April 29, 2005
2 1:25 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-1 Japan flag Mika Harigai Submission (Armbar) Smackgirl - Refresh 2005 02005-
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January 8, 2005
1 2:29 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0-1 Japan flag Megumi Yabushita Decision (Unanimous) G-Shooto 01 02004-
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November 26, 2004
2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan

ChampionshipsEdit

  • Former Smackgirl Middleweight Champion

See alsoEdit

External links Edit

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