Common Akihiro ftw! read this guy's interview on UFC.com
Thoughts on opponent, Tamdan McCrory? He's so tall and in the welter class - that's not fair. (Laughs) I'm thinking about what to do.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started when I was 18years old, to be popular with girls. The result is...it's gotten better.
If any list specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 3-time champion in All-Japan Martial Arts Championship
If any, list specific accomplishments in pro competition? Champion in Japan national kickboxing championship, PRIDE Grand Prix 3rd place in 2005 (Welter class), PRIDE Grand Prix 3rd place in 2006 (same)
If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles:
Favorite grappling technique: None. I don't like groundwork technique with guys too much. (Laughs)
Favorite Striking technique: Anything goes. There's a technique I'm developing/practicing recently and it's called "Japppaaaaan" What it is? That's a secret.
Do you have any heroes? Tsuyoshi Shinjyo (played in Major League in 2001-2003: NY Mets & SF Giants), do American people remember him? Ichiro, Roy Jones Jr.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's like I'm a Japanese major league player. So there's Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, then Akihiro Gono...
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I didn't go to college.
What was your job before you started fighting? I drove a truck. I've never disappointed anyone with my driving.
Also he's fought nine minutes with Shogun and has fought most of his time, like Chonan, as a MW
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