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Akiyama Writes About Contract Termination!

Yoshihiro Akiyama has made a blog post about his non-participation on NYE. First he writes that in November this year, his contract with FEG was terminated. They talked with FEG about participating at Dynamite!! but no agreement was made. He wanted to participate, so it is regrettable.

Then he writes that for next year he has negotiated on various contracts. He doesn’t know where he will end up, but at that time he will try his best from the beginning/from scratch.

Update: It seems that some people/sites think that Akiyama was offered 10 fighters at 10 different occasions or something. That’s not the case. According to Tanigawa, they gave him around 10 candidates to choose from as an opponent for NYE. However, as he didn’t sign a contract to even fight at the event, of course he couldn’t choose one of the candidates. It’s not like they approached him 10 times with a different opponent each time and he turned down all of them.

There seems to have been some problem during recent times (who knows for how long) between FEG and Akiyama so he chose not to fight at Dynamite!! as his FEG contract is already over. Maybe they’ll come to terms again in 2009, maybe he’ll sign with SENGOKU, maybe with the UFC which some guy at the channel that broadcasts UFC in Korea (rival channel of the channel that airs DREAM) introduced Akiyama to, or maybe someone else.

Update #2: The contract between him and FEG ended. It wasn’t terminated by FEG. Besides, why would they terminate the contract and then try to sign him again for NYE? I should’ve picked my words better.


  1. December 12, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Does he write anything about refusing 10 FIGHTS for New Year?
    Because that’s the word on the net. You can may refuse 2-3 fights for various reasons…. but 10? That says he had no interest to fight. Whether it was because of salary problems, i dont know but all we hear is Akiyama refused 10 fights.

    He could of course sign his life away to join the UFC when they have that korean show finally (why else did they get Kang now?) but considering he can play WVR off of FEG and keep his independance more, plus the notoriety as opposed to the UFC where he’ll be seen as another ‘chink’ by the yahoos who go to fights and the mobsters who run UFC.
    Akiyama has options and leverage. That’s a good place to be for a fighter.

  2. December 12, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    He didn’t refuse 10 fights, they gave him around 10 candidates to choose from as a NYE opponent. However, as he didn’t sign to fight on NYE, he couldn’t choose one of those ~10 fighters.

  3. December 12, 2008 at 9:08 pm


    Thanks for clearing that up.
    The other way made it seem like he was refusing non-stop.
    Big difference.
    That’s why we gaijin who like japanese mma but dont know enough of the language come to you man.
    You are our ears to that scene.
    Do I see a podcast maybe in your future? 😉

    I look forward to the next 3 weeks and the big NYE shows so Ill be back even more often during that period, that’s for sure.

  4. werd
    December 12, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    It would be impossible for him to sign with the name of an event. He could sign with zuffa, which would more than likely ruin his career, like it does for most fighters.

    I’d like to see him co-sign with Scott Coker and WVR, or Affliction Entertainment and FEG. Some combination of two.

  5. December 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks chango. My Japanese isn’t that good yet (I’m at a level where I can read easy blog posts like Akiyama’s recent one and find the important things in articles), but in the future as it hopefully gets better, I’ll post more good stuff.

    I highly doubt about the podcast, English is my 3rd language. My writing/reading/listening is good but my speaking is far from the best.

    werd, that’s true, I get irritated sometimes when people write K-1 when it should really be FEG and similar things, but I wasn’t really thinking about it when I edited the post.

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