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Akiyama might have lost but his judo is pure win

Akiyama was almost as inactive during his fight as Rampage Jackson was, but through the magic of lowered expectations I think he came out of his fight looking pretty good. No one really expected him to beat Jake Shields, so it was kinda impressive seeing him stuff nearly every takedown and muscle his opponent around the cage. And those judo throws! Things of beauty. Even though this fight drops him down to 1-4 in the UFC, it’d be worth keeping him around just to see some more of that. Maybe they’ll finally put him in the cage with some competition that isn’t two or three rungs above him?

(gifs via the Zombie Prophet and Iron Forges Iron)

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    As great as those were (and they were incredible), I think he charges too much to be fighting anyone but contenders.

  • Symbul

    His standup just isn’t good, yet he head-hunts all fight long.

  • drunkenjunk

    i wish they’d give akiyama a little bit of a break, why couldn’t he of gotten dan hardy or amir sadollah?

  • frickshun

    There are only 2 or 3 fucking rungs!!

  • noiseless

    after that boob-planking, i put shields down as a savant in the baaadly retarded section. but fuck yeah, sexyama knows his shit! keep ‘im on, dana! you fat fucking prick!

  • Giallo

    Those throws were fucking fantastic.

  • Komodo

    Those gifs are completely badass. Popping Shields off of his right leg in the third gif…. holy shit. Flawless.

  • frickshun

    Sexyama is great @ everything except winning MMA fights!! SO GREAT!!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    He’s good at not losing?

  • frickshun

    He IS great @ cleaning up after his children…..

  • P W

    ^ Chinese kids tend to piss and shit everywhere. When they get older they go a little easier on the shitting though.

     

    Sexyama is one smooth operator. Love the contrast of making something violent and brutal look completely effortless and beautiful. Still remember his takedown against Leben.

  • Reverend Clint

    Is isnt about time we admit judo sucks as a base? Can you name somebody who has really succeded in the past couple years? After pride folded these judo guys true color has shown.

  • CAP

    Them judo bitches are on the rise->Rhonda->Rhonda->Rhonda. Does that count?

  • Reverend Clint

    Ok 1 female fighter

  • noiseless

    hahaha

  • Grappo

    Lombard, Aoki, Hawn, Stun Gun, Okami, Wallhead

  • CAP

    Ok 7 male fighters

  • Reverend Clint

    Ah but how many of those are any good these days? A couple of those fighters are can smashers or japmma created fighters.

  • Grappo

    Ok, what you really meant was “Can you name somebody who has really succeeded in the past couple years… in the UFC?”  That way anybody that I name that has had success outside of Zuffa can be written off as can smashers or having gotten the JMMA bump. 

    Everyone I named is a legit talent.  Lombard, Aoki, Stun Gun, and Okami are all ranked. 3 of them are top 10.  Wallhead is a solid journeyman.  Hawn is an 11-1 prospect.  I forgot to mention Papy Abedi and Megumi Fujii. 

    Parisyan, Gamburyan, Filho.  They are’t particularly recent, but they bear mentioning since their downfalls were to do with injury and mental issues, and not lack of fighting skill.

     Judo is a good base to have.  Not the best for MMA, but plenty good.   The trips, throws, takedowns, submissions, balance, core strength, and understanding of leverage and body mechanics are all incredibly useful in MMA.  On the other hand, the use of gis, and lack of striking and extended periods of ground grappling are definite cons…  it doesn’t matter though.  Pretty soon the best base for MMA will be MMA. 

  • glassjawsh

    *trite “sexy judo is sexy” joke*

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