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Ah, Sweet Irony: Akiyama Implies Bisping May Have Been Greased Up

(Akiyama vs. Sakuraba is a cautionary example of why it’s best to wait until *after* the fight to make an impassioned plea to the referee. If only Palhares had seen this. VidProps: YouTube/AkiyamaYoshihiro2)

Well, this is a switch: Not only is a Greg Jackson-trained fighter accusing someone else of potentially greasing his body during a fight but it’s none other than Yoshihiro Akiyama, who you may remember was himself outed as one of the greasiest MFers in the game following a 2006 fight against Kazushi Sakuraba at K-1 Dynamite!! The video of that fiasco can be seen at top. Nevertheless, Akiyama told foreign correspondent Daniel Herbertson upon returning home this week that the reason he didn’t try harder to take Michael Bisping down at UFC 120 was that the Brit felt suspiciously slimy to the touch.

"I only went for one takedown but Bisping’s body was really slippery,” Akiyama said. Then, apparently even setting off the alarms on his own irony indicator, quipped: “Even if I do say so myself … "

Look, nobody wants to get into another GreaseGate debacle here, so unless Akiyama wants to pursue this further we’re willing to chalk it up as a harmless pot-calling-the-kettle-black-type situation and move on with our lives. Also, not that we think Bisping would necessarily be above bending the rules (See: Him possibly purposely injuring Matt Hamill during “TUF 3”), we’re kind of wary of accusing another Wolfslair fighter of cheating, lest he threaten our testiculars via angry Facebook post.

Gotta say though, if anybody knows what a greased-up fighter feels like, it’d be Akiyama.

As you can tell from the vid, it doesn’t take Saku long to realize something fucked up is going on after Greasyama steps out of a couple of his single leg attempts. Unfortunately, Sakuraba makes the misguided decision to try to plead his case to the referee while Akiyama is on top of him raining punches on his facial area. In the moment that strategy doesn’t work out too well for him, but the Japanese media and fans made such a stink about the weird circumstances of the bout that Akiyama eventually admitted rubbing himself down with lotion backstage and the outcome was changed to a no contest.

Akiyama claimed he only slathered himself up with Oil of Olay to treat his dry skin and said he didn’t know that was against K-1 rules, even though this was his 11th fight with the organization. Allegedly, some footage surfaced of him applying six-bottles of lotion to his skin prior to the fight. Dude was suspended, didn’t fight for nearly a year and Japanese fans even threw a minor hissy fit when Nike used Akiyama in one of its commercials in the interim. Just goes to show you: In Japan, fixing fights and jacking tons of roids is totally tolerated, but do not try to cheat Kazushi Sakuraba. That’s a major no-no.

Herbertson also reminds us that the Saku fight was not the first time Akiyama faced charges of lubing his person. There was also something about waxing his gi during the 2003 World Judo Championships, though officials later said the slipperiness was just due to the combined effects of humidity and laundry detergent. Yeah, and Floyd Landis just stayed up late drinking whiskey the night before he won the Tour de France.

Anyway, greasing allegations aside for a moment, we can’t help but notice that the above video also appears to foretell some of the troubles Akiyama has had since crossing the pond and signing with the UFC. Not for nothing, but his standup attack sure looks slow and plodding. Also, note the halfhearted nature of the final hammerfists Akiyama uses to put Saku away. We’re not saying he’s already starting to gas out there, we’re just saying.

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suatulanh- February 11, 2012 at 8:44 am
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k-onda- October 21, 2010 at 4:21 am
He gassed because he was waxing his gi before the fight.
I always get a little sleepy after I've waxed my gi.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go oogle my favorite Arianni pics, and ... well you know.
agentsmith- October 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm
I noticed during the fight, there was a moment when Akiyama tried to clinch Bisping, then he looked at his hand and then pointed at Bisping like, "I see what you did there." I figured he was saying Bisping was greasy, guess I was right.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- October 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm
thats what dream needs**
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- October 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm
The thing at the bottom of the video should have been health bars. Thats what Dream, sound effects and health bars at the bottom. tekken style.
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Cheik Kongo, destroying the dreams of MMA fighters who wish to father children
Almost North- October 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Someone needs to post a picture of him on one of those fake poster things with "this man wants to kick your balls" underneath it.
El Guapo- October 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm
^The blacks, the browns, the purples and yellows. I said hip, hop, hippy to the hoppy ya don't stop a rockin to the bang-bang boogie upjump the rhythm to the rhythm of the boogity beat..

Relax, blondies. Cheik's not a racist and he certainly doesn't discriminate. He kicks balls of all races, colors, creeds. You name it, he'll kick it.
Almost North- October 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm
I figure I can just do it myself and blame Cheick. Considering he is both black and foreign, I'll get away scott free. this not a Lesner-Cain thread? My bad....
Elentius- October 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm
LOL! Oh I love CP so don't misunderstand that. We could always just tell Kongo that Seth runs CP and he can do the junk-punching for ya.
El Guapo- October 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Speaking of Kongo.... RUN!!!
Almost North- October 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm
At least CP flashbacks have some relation to the original subject.

Speaking of related things, I want to punch Seth MacFarlane in the junk with Kongo-like evil intentions.
Elentius- October 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm
CP is the Family Guy of MMA sites. Everything has a damn flashback.
DazedNConfused- October 20, 2010 at 11:29 am
Every fight with Akiyama has been fight of the night in the UFC. So I don't think they're going to let him go anytime soon. He is also quite recognizable to the Asian fans/Market, and well the Leban fight could have gone either way if it had gone to decision. So honestly Akiyama still isn't in the worst shape in the UFC being 1-2.

The only reason Sexyama is always in fight of the nights is because he is has a great jaw and even though he gasses halfway through the first round, he always lasts the full 3. So really the fight of the night stat isn't the most impressive, just means he can take a punch and keep swinging.
El Guapo- October 20, 2010 at 11:25 am
How would he know Bisping was greased up? I don't remember them ever clinching. I do, however, remember plenty of sticking and moving by the Cunt and telegraphed overhand rights from Sexy. Seeing as how I'll never watch that fight again, I'm gonna go ahead and say no harm, no foul.
cecils_pupils- October 20, 2010 at 11:10 am
Ask Matt Hamill what it feels like - he trains with greased-up deaf guy.
Nick420Diaz- October 20, 2010 at 11:01 am
Before the fight Bisping was shadowboxing in front of a mirror so he probably just got covered in his own semen
Almost North- October 20, 2010 at 10:45 am
This story, while not that interesting, is much more entertaining than the actual fight.
Kimbos Bread- October 20, 2010 at 10:43 am
Who says GSP isn't recognized internationally?
Seoul Brother- October 20, 2010 at 10:37 am
Yeah, but he was fighting Sakuraba. Of course he looks slow and plodding in comparison. I have a feeling Slippyama is going to be lucky to get a prelim fight instead of being shown the door.