Hitomi Akano

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Japanese female fighter Hitomi ‘Girlfight Monster’ Akano. Community based fighter ratings and feedback. Includes MMA stats, fight record, bio, martial arts history, photos, videos and links for Hitomi Akano.

Hitomi Akano, nicknamed Girlfight Monster, is a Professional Bantamweight MMA Champion, born in Osaka, Japan and residing in Tokyo, Japan. She is also a Champion in Judo.

Judo literally translates as ” the gentle way”. It is a martial way that was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano (seen in the photo). Kano formulated Judo from styles of Jujutsu that he had studied. In Japan at this time many changes in society were occuring because of western influences. A major change was the overthrow of the Shogun and the reinstatement of the emperor in what is known as the Meiji restoration.

One manifestation of this change was the decline of the warrior class known as the samurai or bugei. Up until this time, the warrior class could kill another for the slightest offense. In the case of the peasant class, this usually meant oppression and immediate death for minor offenses. After the Meiji restoration this type of behavior was not supported and the carrying of swords was outlawed. This led to a decline in Jujutsu styles whose main function was martial. In this atmosphere, Kano (and others of other martial arts), changed the emphasis from purely physical to spiritual endeavors. Hence the change in name from Jutsu (art or technique) to do (path or way); same as the Chinese word tao. Kano meant Judo to be both physical training as well as a path towards building good moral character and spirituality. Part of Kano’s vision for Judo was for it to be a guide in all aspects of life and lead to greater harmony. This is reflected in one saying from Judo, “maximum efficiency with minimum effort for the mutual welfare and benefit of all”.

Today Judo is practiced both as a sport and as an art. Judo was accepted into the Olympic games in 1964 and since that time, most dojo for Judo emphasize the competitive aspects.

As martial arts spread, so did the idea of mixed-style competitions. Often a practitioner of one martial art challenged a practitioner of a different one for ultimate bragging rights. These mixed-style competitions took place worldwide for several decades, eventually gaining intense popularity in the United States.

Participants in these competitions learned from their opponents and began to realize that in order to become well-rounded fighters, they must study any combative art form that could give them an edge in the game.

For instance, if a kickboxer was matched with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, the kickboxer would realize that he must become more adept at defending takedowns, thus prompting him to train with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters. (Jiu-Jitsu ground fighting incorporates various submission holds, such as joint and compression locks and chokes.) From that point forward, competitions were no longer between athletes who focused on a singular martial art but between two mixed martial arts athletes.

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Hitomi Akano, 9.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
1ST DISCIPLINEMMAProfessionalChampion
2ND DISCIPLINEJudoProfessionalChampion
First NameHitomi
Last NameAkano
Nickname/sGirlfight Monster
Birth Name-
Date of BirthJuly 27, 1974
BornOsaka, Japan
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Weight classBantamweight
Weight range126.1 - 136lbs / 57 - 61kg
Preferred136lbs / 62kg
Height5ft 4in / 162cm
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MMA 14 Submissions


Sep 2006 – Sep 2007 / Smackgirl Middleweight Champion
Mar 1999 – Grand Prix Città di Roma (U63) (Silver)
Feb 1999 – ASKO World Tournament Leonding (U63) (Silver)


Trainers / Instructors / Coaches

Gym / Affiliations

Abe Ani Combat Club


† = Title Fight
Alexis DavisRear-Naked ChokeR203:41MMAPro 07/28/12 – Invicta FC2 – Baszler vs. McMann
Sara McMannUnanimous DecisionR305:00MMAPro01/09/12 – ProElite 3 – Da Spyder vs. Minowaman
Roxanne ModafferiUnanimous DecisionR205:00MMAPro 07/09/11 – Jewels – 15th Ring
Chisa YonezawaArmbarR100:40MMAPro03/13/11 – Pancrase – Impressive Tour 2
Miesha TateUnanimous DecisionR303:00MMA†Pro 08/13/10 – Strikeforce – Challengers 10
Carina DammTriangle ArmbarR201:48MMAPro 08/13/10 – Strikeforce – Challengers 10
Hiroko YamanakaSplit DecisionR205:00MMAPro 03/19/10 – Jewels – Seventh Ring
Miki MorifujiStraight ArmbarR204:17MMAPro07/11/09 – Jewels – Fourth Ring
Cristiane JustinoTKO (Punches)R300:35MMAPro 04/11/09 – Strikeforce – Shamrock vs. Diaz
Mika HarigaiArmbarR100:38MMAPro11/16/08 – Jewels – First Ring
Hiroko YamanakaArmbarR203:10MMAPro 04/25/08 – Smackgirl – World ReMix 2008 2nd
Megumi YabushitaHeel hookR204:16MMAPro 02/14/08 – Smackgirl – World ReMix 2008 1st
Vanessa PortoSplit DecisionR503:00MMAPro11/03/07 – FFF 3 – War of the Roses
Takayo HashiUnanimous DecisionR305:00MMA†Pro09/06/07 – Smackgirl – Queens’ Hottest Summer
Elizabeth PosenerArmbarR200:52MMAPro05/19/07 – Smackgirl – The Queen Said the USA is the Strongest
Amanda BucknerUnanimous DecisionR305:00MMAPro04/14/07 – Bodog Fight – Clash of the Nations
Keiko TamaiArmbarR204:48MMAPro 10/04/06 – MARS – Bodog Fight
Molly HelselArmbarR201:32MMA†Pro 09/15/06 – Smackgirl – Women Hold Their Ground
Emma BushUnanimous DecisionR205:00MMAPro06/30/06 – Smackgirl – Top Girl Battle
Tara LaRosaUnanimous DecisionR305:00MMAPro06/03/06 – MFC – USA vs. Russia 3
Debi PurcellUnanimous DecisionR205:00MMAPro 02/15/05 – Smackgirl – Advent of Goddess
Keiko TamaiArmbarR101:27MMAPro12/17/05 – G-Shooto – G-Shooto 03
Asako SaiokaUnanimous DecisionR205:00MMAPro10/15/05 – Smackgirl – Shimokita Experiment
Takayo HashiArmbarR101:19MMAPro08/17/05 – Smackgirl – Dynamic!!
Kinuka SasakiArmbarR103:58MMAPro06/10/05 – Smackgirl – Next Cinderella 2005 2nd Stage
Seri SaitoArmbarR201:25MMAPro04/29/05 – Smackgirl – Next Cinderella 2005 1st Stage
Mika HarigaiArmbarR102:29MMAPro01/08/05 – Smackgirl – Refresh 2005
Megumi YabushitaUnanimous DecisionR205:00MMAPro 11/26/04 – G-Shooto – G-Shooto 01
Jenny GalN/AFinalFinalJudoPro03/07/99 – World Cup – Grand Prix Città di Roma
Katarina WaltaN/A………..…….JudoPro03/07/99 – World Cup – Grand Prix Città di Roma
Rasa SrakaN/A………..…….JudoPro03/07/99 – World Cup – Grand Prix Città di Roma
Andreia CavalleriN/A………..…….JudoPro03/07/99 – World Cup – Grand Prix Città di Roma
Karen RobertsN/AFinalFinalJudoPro02/21/99 – ASKO World Tournament Leonding
Ewa IwanskaN/A………..…….JudoPro02/21/99 – ASKO World Tournament Leonding
Sandra WurmN/A………..…….JudoPro02/21/99 – ASKO World Tournament Leonding
Rasa SrakaN/A………..…….JudoPro02/21/99 – ASKO World Tournament Leonding
Claudia HeillN/A………..…….JudoPro02/21/99 – ASKO World Tournament Leonding