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Yoshihiro Akiyama

Updated: 2007-09-30
Yoshihiro Akiyama


Country Japan Age 41
Club Height 178 cm / 5'10"
Style Judo Weight 87 kg / 192 lbs


Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 10 9 4 1 0
Other Fights 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 10 90% 40% 10% 0


Akiyama is a fearce Judo competitor and MMA fighter.


Akiyama defeated three opponents from Franc, Mongolia, and Turkey to reach the semi-finals of the 81kg Light Middleweight division. Opponents claimed that Akiyama had a slippery Judo Gi. INternational Judo Federation referee director Juan Carlos Brancos said an examination of the Gi found that the slippery texture was due to high humidity which prevailed in Osaka and a detergent used to wash the uniform. "At any moment, we did not have any doubt about fair play in the case. We are absolutely sure that Mr. Akiyama is correct," said Barcos. "The case is finished. We don't need it [special inquiry]," IJF president Park Yong-sun later said. Akiyama was forced to wear a reserve gi. He was narrowly defeated by German Florian Wanner, who eventually won the world championship.

K-1 History

Akiyama's Mixed Martial Arts debut was in the K-1 Premium 2004 Dynamite event on December 31, 2004, where he defeated boxer Francois Botha by armbar submission in the first round. His only defeat has been to Jerome Lebanner, who knocked him out with knees in his second fight at the K-1 HERO'S 1 event on March 26, 2005. He has notable wins against Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Taiei Kin, Ketsutis Smirnovas and Melvin Manheof.

K-1 Dynamite!! 2006 controversy

In K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite, Akiyama fought Kazushi Sakuraba in the main event. During the match, Sakuraba called to the referee saying "[Akiayama is] Slippery!" Akiayama went to win the match with a referee stoppage. This created a controversy amongst MMA fans in Japan, assuming Akiyama was using some sort of body oil or lubricant, banned in K-1 rules.

lotion prior to the fight.On January 11th, Akiyama and FEG (the parent company of K-1) held a press conference during which Akiyama said he used Olay Pre-fight footage also showed Akiyama casually applying lotion to his body in his locker room. As a result, Akiyama was disqualified and his prize money was suspended. Akiyama himself was suspended indefinitely from HERO'S competition six days later. Public outcry against Akiyama did not cease however, as Nike was swamped with complaints when Akiyama was featured on a television commercial in Japan. Though Akiyama has admitted to applying cream to his skin, he has said that the purpose was not to gain an unfair advantage but to treat his dry skin.

Yoshihiro Akiyama is sponsored by Nike and his footwear is Nike Martial Arts


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