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Akiyama To SENGOKU Or The UFC?!

From Sherdog’s article about the Dynamite!! press conference today:

One notable name missing from an official list of possible participants released for the New Year’s Eve extravaganza was Dream’s biggest rating draw, Yoshihiro Akiyama. Akiyama is reportedly no longer under contract to FEG, while fighter and promotion are rumored to not be on good terms.

A move to rival outlet Sengoku is likely, as Akiyama has expressed interest in facing fellow judoka, Hidehiko Yoshida, in what would be a huge money match. Akiyama is also believed to be in talks with the UFC, as Zuffa is said to be building their ranks for a possible Korean invasion.

This isn’t very surprising. You might remember FEG President Tanigawa criticize Akiyama in an interview a while ago and Gryphon reports that Tanigawa did not talk about Akiyama at the press conference today.

I have read rumors about a move to SENGOKU before and that Akiyama is in good terms with the people behind SENGOKU.

Instead of being at the Dynamite!! press conference today, Akiyama was at the wedding reception of Olympic gold medalist in Judo, Kosei Inoue.

(Photo By: Sanspo)

  1. Anonymous
    October 19, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    How do we know that Akiyama is not under contract to FEG anymore? I didn’t see anything about it on the net and as for sherdog, nobody there is a good source when it comes to japanese mma.

  2. Rictor
    October 19, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    How do we know that Akiyama is not under contract to FEG anymore? I didn’t see anything about it on the net and as for sherdog, nobody there is a good source when it comes to japanese mma.

  3. October 20, 2008 at 5:03 am

    We don’t know besides Sherdog’s report. His site is still listed in the K-1 website and his website still has the copyright (c) FEG thing so I have no idea if he is still under contract or not.

    His latest blog post with pictures from the wedding he attended also have the (C) FEG INC text on them.

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