(Cris Cyborg [right] with former victim Shayna Baszler. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
From a new press release sent out by Strikeforce:
New York (March 4, 2009) – Rival forces from different worlds will meet when women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) sensation, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
(6-1) of Brazil collides with “Smack Girl” Champion Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano
(14-5) of Japan, in a 145-pound showdown, live on Saturday, April 11, part of Strikeforce’s Shamrock vs. Diaz stacked fight card, and airing live on SHOWTIME from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
I know Hitomi Akano is the best Japanese female fighter today, but I am prepared for any situation and will always be looking for the knockout,” said the 23-year-old Cyborg [Ed. note: She's only 23? Wow. She looks a lot more...'weathered,' is the word I guess we're looking for]…
Akano, a submission specialist and former standout on Japan’s national judo team, has never been finished by an opponent in 19 career fights. She is looking to notch her fourth consecutive victory…
During her run in Smack Girl, a Japan-based promotion dedicated exclusively to staging women’s MMA bouts, she ran to an unmatched 9-0 record before suffering her first loss by way of a narrow split decision on November 3, 2007…
In addition to her world-class combat, Akano boasts songwriting as a talent. The 34-year-old typically uses “Between The Sky,” a song she composed, as her cage entrance music.
Can’t wait to hear it, Hitomi. Sure, it’s a bummer that Santos isn’t fighting Gina Carano yet, but you can’t tell me you’re not interested in CYBORG vs. GIRLFIGHT MONSTER. With the latest addition, the April 11th main card currently looks like this:
Frank Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz
Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez
Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Hitomu Akano
Jake Shields vs. Joe Riggs (not officially confirmed)