Discussion in 'OT Bar' started by dragomungus, Feb 24, 2009.
Another scrub who fights in Japan that will be proven highly over rated...
UFC 101: Slip n' Slide
GSP vs. Akiyama at a catch weight
I hope they let him get KD'd by Leben for his debut.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] UFC SIGNS TOP 10 MIDDLEWEIGHT AKIYAMA[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - Press Release courtesy of UFC[/FONT]
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced that it has signed Top 10 middleweight contender Yoshihiro Akiyama to an exclusive promotional contract that will see him step into the UFC Octagon for the first time this summer.
“I’m excited to bring Akiyama into the UFC and I can see him making an immediate impact in the middleweight division,” said UFC President Dana White. “Besides his great judo and submission game, he’s a finisher, and UFC fans are going to love watching him because he always shows up to fight.”
Born of Korean descent in Osaka, Japan, Akiyama first made his name in the international sports world as a decorated black belt in judo who collected numerous titles, including a Gold medal in the 2002 Asian Games.
By 2004, Akiyama sought a new challenge in the world of mixed martial arts, and he made an immediate impact on Dec. 31, 2004, when he debuted with a first-round submission win in his bout against former world heavyweight boxing champion Francois Botha.
Over the next three years, the 5-foot, 10-inch tall Akiyama built a stellar reputation as one of the best fighters in the world, submitting highly-touted knockout artist Melvin Manhoef, knocking out UFC middleweight Denis Kang, and engaging in battles with the likes of Kazushi Sakuraba and Kazuo Misaki. In 2008, the 33-year-old continued his run of excellence, submitting Katsuyori Shibata and Masanori Tonooka to up his stellar MMA record to 12-1 and two no-contests, with none of his bouts going the distance.
Press conferences in Japan and Korea will take place in the coming days; details to be announced shortly.
No opponent or date has been determined for Akiyama’s UFC debut.
Should be interesting to see how he does in the UFC
Looks like the UFC is about to try and penetrate the Japanese market
farewell cool intro Akiyama
holy shit balls
GSP isn't impressed
Unfortunately it will be blurry and full of hair.
i second this, and will add a
That's good marketing all right; get the most hated ethnic Japanese fighter to spearhead the UFC invasion.
hated != bad ratings. Uno is a help, and it looks like dana white has his sights on a handful of others. suck it.
Awesome. Akiyama is a great fighter, I think he'd pose a real threat to Silva.
Wasn't being sarcastic? IIRC the ratings right when Akiyama fought were the highest and likewise I'll definitely pay to see Brock get his shit pushed in.
I thought his ethnicity was Korean, and only his nationality Japanese?
did you mean KO'd?? and yes, that would fit perfectly- his suspension is up sometime soon
Hopefully he will use his judo to its full extent and not turn into a soko
No, I meant KD'd
Isn't he ethnic Korean?
yes. ethnic korean, born and raised in japan.