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Akiyama Plans to Drop 15 Pounds, Pick Up His Career

I’m looking, but I don’t see one ounce I’d be willing to part with.

It looks like Dana White is getting his wish. Following his first round KO loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC 133, Yoshihiro Akiyama will be making the cut to 170lbs. Like any professional model, “Sexiyama” knows that thin is in, and after dropping three straight in the Middleweight division the judoka hopes to reignite his career as a welterweight.

Akiyama strutted into the Octogon sporting a 12-1 (2 no contests) record in Japan, but he hasn’t fared too well in the UFC. After snatching a split decision win over Alan Belcher, he fell victim to a last minute Chris Leben triangle, was outpointed by Michael Bisping, and dropped cold by “The Phenom”. Although he has lined his pockets with an additional $135k thanks to three “Fight of the Night” bonuses, at some point you’ve got to pick up a ‘W’ if you want to keep fighting under the bright lights…generally speaking.

If the weight drop wasn’t indication enough that Akiyama is looking to reinvent himself, then certainly his desire to mix up training camps is. Akiyama has expressed an interest in joining forces with welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre and serving as his “apprentice”. While one could not find better inspiration, seeking a mentor in your own weight class can have its downsides. Not to mention that apprenticeships don’t always turn out as you’d hoped.

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BigDaddyGoodridge- September 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm
Very exciting everything. I really like Akiyama. My guess is that he is turning down better money in Japan and the rest of Asia to compete against the best. I know he will stay around for a long time - Gary Goodridge,
SnackDaddy- September 4, 2011 at 4:23 am
I must be missing something here. What's so special about this guy again? To me, he's just another scrapper.
WK- September 4, 2011 at 12:22 am
Maybe he can lop off a leg or something.
That chest is just too good.
No homo.
Well, always homo with Sexyama.
SnackDaddy- September 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm
I always thought Akiyama was a big middleweight. I'm not convinced he can make the cut. Besides, there should be a rule against cutting too much weight. Take Kenny Florian for instance-- he just did not look healthy in his last fight at bantam weight.
magcshroom- September 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Beating on cans and doing fake fights in Japan ain't gonna get you success in the UFC. I don't see him beating any top 10 in the WW division either.
GistoftheFist- September 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Hey Akiyama, is that hair gel?
Fatty McDickbutts- September 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Akiyama can his compare his dolphin lard lube to GSP's Moose lard lube. Together they will synthesize the most powerful lubricant ever. B.J. Penn will be further confounded and hilarity will ensue. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!
Snitches_get_stitches- September 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm
This is a good shake-up for the WW division. Him and Kampmann would be fireworks..
Jubbie- September 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm
He can finally get rid of all that show muscle that just ruined his cardio (which was mostly why he lost to Leben anyways). He also needs to realize he could be pretty successful if he mixed in his judo skills instead of pretending he's Leonard Garcia.
Fried Taco- September 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm
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