Akiyama Comments! Misunderstands Referee
Quick translation of Yoshihiro Akiyama’s comments on Japanese site Sportsnavi post UFC 100:
Alan was a very tough fighter.
The damage of the low blow in the beginning of the fight was quite strong.
I thought that if he hit me there again I wouldn’t be able to continue the fight.
I wanted to take a large break but there was confusion during the fight. I misunderstood the referee saying 5 minutes in English as 5 seconds, I continued the fight urgently but this took a big toll on the exhaustion of my physical strength.
My eye got injured when I got downed on the first round by a left.
I felt an abnormality in my eye after the end of the 1st round.
One eye was closed so I didn’t know about my sense of distance. Because I couldn’t see any attacks from my opponents right side I received a lot of leg kicks from that side.
I didn’t continue with the game plan, the only reason I won was my feeling that I really didn’t want to lose this fight.
After the fight when I was in the hospital, Dana White came personally and told me first hand that me and Belcher’s fight was elected as the fight of the night. I was very happy.
Something about the booing. Akiyama says that they (the UFC/authorized people) told him that the booing was because Bisping had come by the entrance at the end of the fight, so there would be no misunderstandings.
Alan is the toughest fighter I have faced and I’m proud to have been able to fight him.
I will devote myself from now on so please support me.
Update: Some people say Akiyama should have known beforehand. I don’t know if he knew or not, but when he thinks the ref told him 5 seconds, he gets insecure. What if he would’ve thought: “I have 5 minutes, they told me beforehand, who cares what the referee is telling me right now” (maybe he misunderstood what they told him and his people beforehand?), he ignores the ref, and then the ref calls the fight and declares Belcher the winner.
Stuff like that has happened before, Pawel Nastula vs. Yang Dong Yi in SENGOKU also looked like some miss communication. When a ref feels he isn’t being listened to he can just decide to call the fight in a split second. Fighter gets low blow while on the ground as the ref stands them up, ref doesn’t see the low blow, the fighter is still lying down, ref think he’s being ignored and the fighter is milking, calls the fight.