Belfort KOs Akiyama in the 1st round


The man they call “The Phenom” was, in a word, phenomenal.

Former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort blitzed and finished Yoshihiro Akiyama with his devastating hands in the co-main event, as he left the judoka facedown and unconscious 1:52 into the first round of their 185-pound bout. Akiyama, who has lost three in a row, never had a chance against the overwhelming power and speed the Brazilian brought to bear.

Belfort (20-9, 9-5 UFC) moved in behind a straight left hand and clipped the backpedaling Akiyama with a left hook to the temple. Akiyama went down, and the Brazilian swarmed. He ripped into Akiyama (13-4, 2 NC, 1-3 UFC) with vicious rights and lefts, one of which turned out the lights.

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Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Yoshihiro Akiyama <a href=Yoshihiro Akiyama" src="" />
Height 5′ 10″ (177.8 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 14-4-0
Name Vitor Belfort <a href=Vitor Belfort" src="" />
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 19-9-0
Team Xtreme Couture
Vitor Belfort def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:52

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john_d site profile image  

8/8/11 2:37 PM by john_d

vitor via illegal blows to the back of the head..................................oh, wait!

Proteus The Invincible site profile image  

8/8/11 6:53 AM by Proteus The Invincible

In my opinion, the back of the head shots are fine. The fight likely would have finished there anyway and you can't not hit the back of the head when your opponent is turtling with his arms around the side of his skull. Was Vitor just supposed to let Akiyama sit there until he decided to take his arms away? You can't kick the head, you can't knee the head, you can't stomp the head, you can't hit the back of the head, so what the hell is a fighter meant to do when his opponent is doing nothing but turtling? Because of how restrictive the rules are, people are always going to catch some shots in that area, it's not the fighter's fault.

Drewbe site profile image  

8/8/11 4:49 AM by Drewbe

i said back of the head....again then my freinds go on to say im mad and butthurt that he lost when i was clearly just pointing out what i saw

LBH_RN site profile image  

8/7/11 6:24 AM by LBH_RN

Sad times for The Sexy...

CODELMJVG site profile image  

8/7/11 3:01 AM by CODELMJVG

It's Over for Akiyama f u c k Zuffa.

dchi07 site profile image  

8/7/11 12:49 AM by dchi07

If you actually believe that than you believe they are fundamentally weaker than other fighters, no?

EVILYOSHIDA site profile image  

8/7/11 12:28 AM by EVILYOSHIDA

akiyama sucks. Ever since he got famous in korean he became decadent, he lost the farmboy will to fight.

WillD site profile image  

8/6/11 11:43 PM by WillD


SwaggerJacker site profile image  

8/6/11 11:35 PM by SwaggerJacker

Can someone post a gif of the tko. I missed this fight.

EVILYOSHIDA site profile image  

8/6/11 11:25 PM by EVILYOSHIDA

uhh. how am i excusing them? they can't fight properly outside of Japan. that is a weakness. That is not an excuse.You guys try to spin anything to make me look bad.