The winner will meet Miesha Tate later tonight to determine a Strikeforce women's tournament champion. The women's semifinals bouts will be two, three-minute rounds.
The live blog is below.
Round 1: Damm throws a leg kick that connects with Akano's front kick. Damm throws a kick to the shoulder. Akano exposes her back (probably for a throw) but Damm drags her down for a takedown. The 36-year-old Akano sweeps on top but Damm is able to roll and eventually into Akano's guard. Damm keeps her face low in Akano's chest. Akano looks for wrist control and constant hip movement, but Damm is making it difficult by staying stationary. The referee stands them up and the fight is restarted with 39 seconds left. They meet on leg kicks. Damm lands a spinning backfist. Damm lands a hip toss and is inside Damma's halfguard. Akano looking for a leglock and then a footlock.
MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Akano.
Round 2: Akano puts Damm on her back and looks to pass with their feet tangled. Damm sweeps and Akano attempts an omoplata. Damm escapes into Akano's guard. Damm moves in aggressively and Akano throws up a triangle choke and stretches her own legs out to flip over Damm and tap her out. Nice win over a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
Akano defeats Damm by submission - Round 2, 1:48
Akano advances to fight Tate later tonight for the Strikeforce 135-pound tournament belt.