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GIFs of the Day: Akiyama Even Makes Takedowns Look Sexy

(“I make this look good.”)

Sure, he didn’t win his UFC 144 bout with Jake Shields, but that didn’t mean Yoshihiro Akiyama went down without a sexy fight.

Although he wasn’t able to capitalize on the positions he created with his superior judo throws, “Sexyama” made the normally sedate Japanese crowd “ahhhh” in unison with these two tosses.

First, Akiymama employed the Osoto Gari, or large outer reap — a simple outside trip-toss timed perfectly to negate Shields’ Condit-esque leg jab. Had he followed him to the ground faster he may have been able to take Jake’s back, but because he didn’t get his hooks in, Shields easily escaped.

Next, Yoshihiro went with the Uki Goshi, also known as the floating hip throw,” but couldn’t keep Shields down with the front headlock or lock up a choke.



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halfbreed23- February 28, 2012 at 9:00 am
Should have scored that fight off just those two Judo throws. How in the hell did Shields dominate Hendo that time?
BelieveInThePowerOfOne- February 28, 2012 at 12:14 am
FUCK THE FIGHTMETRIC!!!! that doesn't say shit... that would make every single fight that jon fitch was in an easy win... and we all know he sux and that bj penn beat his ass...
SnackDaddy- February 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm
Credit to Akiyama for losing that fight, really. Shields probably has the most ineffective stand-up in the entire UFC. That's right, the entire UFC. I've said it before, he kicks like a girl. Shields was as handpicked an opponent that Akiyama could get and he blew that as well. No doubt about it.
bootystar- February 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm
atleast sexy knows hunting deer is bad for the colon
Motivated Penn- February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm
I totally made note of the ad on Shield's shorts as well, the 1-800-air condition or whatever. Advertisers should take note. You need the font large, and crystal clear. There are stuff on banners NOBODY can make out, which is completely wasted money for the company who pays for it.

Oh, and god damn, Akiyamas timing is impeccable. As an absolute judo beginner (I did like 4-5 months), I can only say I have a great deal of respect for that. A lot of Judo throws puts you directly in side control with very little risk of ending up in the guard, plus they work from the clinch too, so while Judo is inferior to pure wrestling in a lot of ways, it does have some strengths.
MonsterMaulingAss- February 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm
I feel you should get points for a takedown, but that you should get equal points for a good scramble(ie they cancel each other out). Landing a punch and it doing nothing should not count as a "significant strike" bc it did nothing SIGNIFICANT. Bring back kicks, knees, stomps on the head of a grounded opponent, it would eliminate 45+% of decisions in mma today and give fans more spectacular fights and finishes(plus better fighters wouldnt get point fucked as often).
djp1988- February 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Does anyone else hear Prince right now?
VoodooMonk- February 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Like to see a Akiyama vs. Karo Parisyan UFC fight. I bet it would be a highlight wheel fight.
RSparrow- February 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Can we put a ban for heterosexual males to stop calling this guy "sexyama". Thanks in advance.
Pinkpounder- February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm
I think that second one is a harai goshi (spelling might be off..)
El Guapo- February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Get Off Me... Great points. The bonus for finishing fights is genius. As for getting CP to publish your work, here's the ticket; Dumb it down alot(ALOT alot)and tell 'em you're Canadian. Cash money, baby.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 27, 2012 at 11:53 am
I would agree to the suggested rules. Something needs to be changed. Another thing, a take down shouldn't count for shit if you can't mount any sort of offense from it. For instance, people who think Edgar won the fight and that he scored "take downs". He took Ben down for maybe 10 seconds in all take downs combined. Ben stood straight up, hence Edgar should not receive significant points for said take downs. Also, this was the same with Cruz/Faber. Cruz got all the significant points for take downs when in reality Faber stood up almost immediately. If you can take someone down and control them that is one thing but if they get right up you should not receive shit for points.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 27, 2012 at 11:48 am
Agreed, they both sucked. I have never been a Shields fan and I don't think I ever will be. Saw one episode of Bully Beatdown and Shields was on there getting outstruck by a random.
Get Off Me- February 27, 2012 at 11:47 am
I've been saying the same thing about Shields since he came to the UFC. Nothing against the guy personally, but his style is hard to watch, especially when it looks like he fights like a a nervous high school student in his first fist fight.
@Fletch the V Stretch
There are some changes that need to made in the UFC to promote fighting. Until these changes are made, they will not reach the deisred popularity globally, specifically in the U.S. I'd write an article, but it would not be published by CP. Essentially, 1)every fighter who finishes a fight should receive a cash bonus on top of win bonus.2)Stand up rule: 60 consecutive seconds inside a fighters guard without advancing, fighters are stood up.3)re-think judging criteria and award all aspects of martial arts equally i.e. submission attempts need to be awarded(Pettis/Guida & Torres/Johnson). Thing is, I am sure basketball fans complained that basketball was rather boring to watch(in it's infancy like the UFC is now) before the shot clock and rules like 3 in the key were introduced.
El Guapo- February 27, 2012 at 11:39 am
Seriously. After the opening frame of half assed sparring I was ready to go tend the 'que, but decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. Sexy's judo toss of Shieldzzz in the 2nd was sweet and all, but he followed it up like he was wearing oven mitts AND concrete boots(how's that for an analogy?). Said "fook it" after that. I'm sure it was close and all but when snails race it's generally pretty close... Namwsayin?
ArmFarmer- February 27, 2012 at 11:22 am
They both sucked horribly. Wasn't interested in akiyama to begin with, and totally lost interest after watching him get submitted from lebens gaurd. No longer interested in Shields.. I just hope they leave these guys on the under card for the remainder of their careers.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 27, 2012 at 11:19 am
@ Get off me - bro you should just stop watching the fights. Ya know just stick to looking at Fight Metric and evaluating your opinion that way. I am beginning to lose interest in UFC all together. I said you should stop watching the fights, I should have said the game or show or sport bc one thing is for sure it is clearly getting further and further away from a FIGHT.
ChucksChin- February 27, 2012 at 10:57 am
+1 Guapo
Get Off Me- February 27, 2012 at 10:53 am
I had Akiyama losing that fight and he did....what you see above is what Akiyama did to win the fight, follow the link and you will see what Jake did to win the fight......
El Guapo- February 27, 2012 at 10:50 am
I had them both losing that fight.
Boo- February 27, 2012 at 10:45 am
Thats not really an uki goshi.
HandsofGold- February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am
I had Akiyama winning the fight as well.
RearNakedSpoon- February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am
I think those gif's just impregnated me.
Get Off Me- February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am
Rock bottom! Rock Bottom!
Fletch the V Stretch- February 27, 2012 at 10:08 am
I had Sexy winning that fight. I don't really remember shields doing anything of note whatsoever.