Unbeaten prospect Sara McMann will lock horns with seasoned veteran Hitomi Akano at ProElite “Grove vs. Minowa,” promotion officials announced on Wednesday.

The Jan. 21 event will be headlined by the titular middleweight confrontation pitting Japanese showman Ikuhisa Minowa against UFC veteran Kendall Grove. Going down at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, the event will also feature a bout pitting Brent Schermerhorn against Kaleo Gambill.

ProElite’s heavyweight grand prix semifinals will also take place at the event, which airs live on HDNet, as Ryan Martinez meets Cody Griffin and Jake Heun faces Richard Odoms.

A silver medalist in freestyle wrestling at the 2004 Athens Games, McMann has fought four times in 2011 after several opponent issues delayed her professional debut. The 31-year-old has yet to stumble as a mixed martial artist, finishing three of her four conquered foes by knockout or submission. Most recently, McMann submitted Raquel Pa’aluhi via third-round keylock at ProElite 1 in August.

Formerly the Smackgirl middleweight champion, Akano, 37, has fought for Bodog, Jewels and Strikeforce over the course of her seven-year career. The Japanese standout has won three of her last four fights, earning victories over Chisa Yonezawa and Roxanne Modafferi in March and July, respectively. Known for her skill on the mat, “Girlfight Monster” holds 14 of her 18 career wins by submission.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 199 Results: Brian Ortega Remains Unbeaten, TKOs Clay Guida

  • 23 days ago
  • 17 views

Brian Ortega kept his undefeated record intact on Saturday when he faced former Strikeforce lightweight champion and UFC veteran Clay Guida at UFC 199 in Los Angeles. read news >>

RFA Bantamweight Champion Leandro Higo to Carry Olympic Torch in Brazil

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

RFA bantamweight champion Leandro Higo is set to accomplish another career highlight just 45 days after capturing RFA gold. Higo will carry the Olympic Torch. read news >>

Muhammad Makes Debut against Jouban in July

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 views

Unbeaten as a pro, Chicago's Belal Muhammad will make his Octagon debut on July 7 in Las Vegas when he faces Alan Jouban in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. read news >>

Undefeated Jonathan Meunier Replaces Teammate, Makes Debut at UFC Ottawa

  • 18 days ago
  • 11 views

Unbeaten Canadian prospect Jonathan Meunier will replace his injured Tristar teammate Alex Garcia at UFC Fight Night 89 against Colby Covington. It will be Meunier's promotional debut. UFC officials read news >>

JUNE 17 — Jason High Looking to Finish Mike Ricci at WSOF 31

  • 15 days ago
  • 12 views

veteran lightweight Jason High is looking to finish his WSOF 31 opponent Mike Ricci when they meet on June 17 at Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Connecticut. read news >>

Cote aims to pull a Bisping and earn title shot

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 views

Patrick Cote saw what fellow veteran Michael Bisping did with his title shot later in his career, and now wants to do the same and earn his chance. That road begins with a win against Donald Cowboy C read news >>

UFC Veteran Light Heavyweight Ryan Jimmo Reportedly Dead at 34

  • a day ago
  • 66 views

Seven-fight UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo has died due to injuries suffered from a hit-and-run in a nightclub parking lot in the early morning hours of June 26. read news >>

Fighters React to the Death of Ryan Jimmo via Twitter

  • a day ago
  • 107 views

On Sunday, it was reported that UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo was tragically killed during a hit-and-run incident in the parking lot of a Canadian night club. read news >>