“They do have submissions in judo. You can’t get too cocky and be like, ‘Oh, I can leave things out there.’ I think my submissions are certainly better than his, but he is a guy good enough that if you’re stupid and make a mistake, he can catch you… He is a guy that has shown that he’ll cheat any opportunity he gets. But I think the UFC’s pretty good, and hopefully they’ll have good inspectors out there watching him and making sure he doesn’t try to do anything dirty.”
But what is Shields referring to?
For those who do not know the history of Akiyama, he was a huge super star on the Japanese MMA circuit for many years. He entered the UFC with a nearly unbeaten record, but by many who know him his impressive MMA record is flawed with controversy.
Most Notably, Akiyama was caught blatantly greasing in his fight with Sakuraba.
If you have never seen this fight or heard the crying of Sakuraba during the event then proceed to the next page. I have the video for you.