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.
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.
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.
|Professional record breakdown|
|33||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.|
|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|| |
|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)||Strike Force Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor||August 13, 2010||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||Finals of Women's 135 lb tournament|
|Win||16–7||Carina Damm||Submission (triangle armbar)||Strike Force 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 - Seventh Ring||March 19, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15-6||Miki Morifuji||Submission (Armbar)||Jewels - Fourth Ring||July 11, 2009||2||4:17||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14-6||Cristiane Santos||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz||April 11, 2009||3||0:35||San Jose, California||Catchweight bout due to Santos missing weight|
|Win||14-5||Mika Harigai||Submission (Armbar)||Jewels - First 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|
|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|
|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 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 01||November 26, 2004||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
- Former Smackgirl Middleweight Champion