Strikeforce Live Blog: Miesha Tate vs. Hitomi Akano Updates

This is the Strikeforce live blog for Miesha Tate vs. Hitomi Akano, a women's tournament bout on tonight's Strikeforce Challengers 10 card from the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Ariz.

Tate and Akano meets to determine the Strikeforce 135-pound tournament champion.

The live blog is below.

Round 1: They miss on kicks. Tate mixes in jabs. Akano lands to the body. They clinch and Tate presses Akano against the cage. Tate looks for the takedown and drags Akano down, but Akano is comfortably on top despite Tate having Akano's back. Akano rolls and attempts a toehold. Tate grabs Akano's arm to relieve pressure and escapes. Tate stands up to drop down punches into the guard of Akano.

MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Akano.


Round 2: Akano throws a kick. Tate lands a straight right. Tate takes Akano down. Tate moves to side but Akano gives up her back. Akano turtles and rolls on top, but she still has one leg trapped by Tate. Tate puts her hooks in to secure back control. Tate wants the choke but Akano tuckers her chin. Akano turns and Tate attempts an armbar. Akano escapes and time expires.

MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Tate.

Round 3: Akano taps a kick to the body. Tate lands a kick and Akano catches to attempt a throw but Tate takes her down and secures Akano's back. Tate digging her forearm to try to get it on Akano's neck. Akano tries to escape from underneath. Tate grabs a keylock. Akano escapes but Tate maintains control of Akano's back. Tate throws punches to close the fight.

MMAFighting.com scores the round 10-9 for Tate and the fight 29-28 for Tate.

Tate wins by unanimous decision and earns a possible rematch against Sarah Kaufman for the title.

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