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bbjd7 10-18-2008 10:29 AM

Akiyama to the UFC?


Korean MMA superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama appears to be a free agent and is reportedly no longer on good terms with his former promotional company, FEG, which operates both K-1 and DREAM in Japan.

During a press conference in Japan earlier this week to promote FEG’s annual “Dynamite!” event on New Year’s Eve, Akiyama was a notable omission from a list of possible participants for the show, according to a report on Sherdog.

The Sherdog report indicates that Akiyama is not longer contractually obligated to FEG and could be looking to sign a deal with FEG’s primary MMA rival in Japan, World Victory Road’s Sengoku promotion.

Akiyama has already reportedly expressed an interest in fighting Japanese MMA superstar Hidehiko Yoshida, who is one of Sengoku’s top draws.

However, it is believed that the UFC is also expected to make a play for Akiyama’s services, as it has long-term plans to promote shows in South Korea and a deal with Akiyama would bolster the U.S.-based promotion’s marketing potential in Korea.

Well this would make the MW divison a lot more interesting.

I don't know if I would pick any MW besides Anderson to beat him.

Aki has very good hands, great judo and a very good ground game.

Judoka 10-18-2008 10:31 AM

that would be incredible. Akiyama is one of my favorite fighters and I would like very much for him to come to the UFC.

MLS 10-18-2008 10:36 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing Andy smash Akiyama's face.

Walker 10-18-2008 10:41 AM

Man I would freaking love to see this! :thumb02:

I really really hope they make this happen. :pray02:

browncow 10-18-2008 10:58 AM

Only one way to describe this if it becomes reality...


JT42 10-18-2008 11:10 AM

I would kiss Dana White's feet!

Aaronyman 10-18-2008 11:15 AM

this could be interesting

swpthleg 10-18-2008 11:29 AM


Originally Posted by browncow (Post 686055)
Only one way to describe this if it becomes reality...


:praise01: It will be a great day when Sexyama brings his well-moisturized mojo to the UFC.

Meshuggeth 10-18-2008 11:55 AM

I'd love to see Sexyama beat Silva. I like him in Japan though.

Sinister 10-18-2008 02:31 PM

This would really freshen up the MW Division and I really want to see more Asian fighters in the UFC and I believe sooner than later, a lot of Asian fighters will be heading there soon. I know a lot of them don't like fighting in America because of the bandwagon fans, but when the competition keeps building up here I can't see many of them sticking over there for the Freak Show fights for long.

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