January 22, 2012

McMann Dominates Vet Akano To Remain Undefeated

Photo by D. Mandel of Sherdog.com
The women's bantamweight division is probably the most deep in talent of all the women's mma divisions. While current Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate is the current top-ranked fighter at 135 pounds, Sara McMann is making an impact. McMann earned her fifth-straight victory as a pro on Saturday in Hawaii, dominating Japanese veteran Hitomi Akano.

The co-main event of ProElite 3, the show was broadcast live on HDNet.

A 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist in wrestling, McMann (5-0) faced the most formidable opponent to-date in Akano, who came into the fight with a record of 18-8 and ranked #5 in the world bantamweight rankings. After just four fights, McMann sat at #9 in the rankings, but expect that to change after a dominating decision victory over Akano.

Throughout the three rounds of fighting, McMann physically overpowered Akano. She easily won each round on all three judges scorecards to take the decision. Numerous slams followed by solid ground-and-pound work from McMann was too much for Akano despite the game submission attempts from her back.

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