The UFC signs Yoshihiro Akiyama

For months now rumors have been circulating that former K-1 HERO’S and DREAM star, Yoshihiro Akiyama, was going to sign with the UFC. Today, according to a release on, the Japanese fighter with South Korean heritage has finally come to terms with the promotion.

Akiyama’s international athletic career started in judo. During his career he accomplished a rare feat of winning the Asian games as both a competitor for South Korea and Japan in consecutive years, 2001-2002.

After the completion of his judo career, Akiyama moved to MMA. He made his debut against boxer Fracois Botha at K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004 card and submitted his opponent with a first round armbar.

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From Olympic Gold Medalist to MMA; is Henry Cejudo ready?

It is being reported that United States Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo is in talks with an unnamed Japanese promoter about the possibility of debuting in MMA on New Year’s Eve.

The original plan was to have Cejudo face Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. The fight would bring a national revenge angle with it, since Cejudo beat Japan’s Tomohiro Matsunaga in the 55 kg freestyle final.

At this point Yamamoto has not fully recovered from knee surgery, so the matchup appears to be off. However, apparently negotiations are continuing.

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