Sexyama wants to drop to 170, move to North America, be GSP's apprentice

by Daniel Herbertson | source:

After three consecutive losses as a middleweight, Yoshihiro Akiyama is finally moving to welterweight.

In an interview with  the Japanese site Sponichi, Akiyama said considered retirement after getting knocked out by Vitor Belfort last month, but now instead intends to drop down 15 lbs to Welterweight, move to North America, and become GSP's apprentice.

Sexyama also stated the would like to his welterweight debut at the UFC's return to Japan in February 2012. Before his move to the UFC, Akiyama was the biggest draw in Japan.

Due to financial problems surrounding a former manager, Akiyama was recently forced to close his highly regarded Cloud Dojo, leaving him free for a move West.

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SideCheickKick site profile image  

9/4/11 5:31 PM by SideCheickKick

FryedTakayama - Who should he fight at WW? Akiyama vs Dan Hardy sounds good to me. ----Yes, a battle of the UFCs worst losing sprees.. but a good fight.Do want

Tito Or Tease site profile image  

9/4/11 11:03 AM by Tito Or Tease

 Hopefully GSP can teach Akiyama how to grease and not get caught.

rockwell site profile image  

9/4/11 1:29 AM by rockwell

 With the right camp Sexyama could be a BEAST at 170

FieryErmine site profile image  

9/4/11 1:09 AM by FieryErmine

about time.

BrCutter site profile image  

9/4/11 12:55 AM by BrCutter

 Is he one of the guys that doesn't cut much for 185?  Let's call it 0-4 BTW.  Boolsheet decision over Belcher.  

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

9/4/11 12:50 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

I hope he does drop weight, and would love to see his next fight after training with GSP, if he does.

Jetster site profile image  

9/3/11 11:33 PM by Jetster


FryedTakayama site profile image  

9/3/11 11:15 PM by FryedTakayama

If a news reporter comes to interview GSP, they should have sexyama sparring in the background lol.