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Roxy gives us some Japanese perspective on the latest Akiyama controversy

After the whole ‘Akiyama getting smoked in the face with a potentially illegal kick‘ thing, we decided to get in touch with our favorite female fighter and American transplant in Japan, Roxy Modafferi. If there was anyone we could trust more than Google to translate the Yarennoka rules, it was her! She was also kind enough to give us a perspective on people’s opinions over there. Check it out:

So…I read the Japanese rules, and it says: When someone is in the four-point position (with both hands and feet touching the ground) soccer ball kicks to the head and face are illegal, but knees aren’t. Then it said something like “BUT in the case of Fedor and (the other guy) it was a foul. (huh?) Then it said “that’s just a hypothetical situation.” (huh?)

Sorry, my Japanese ability can’t comprehend that one, but I don’t think it has anything to do with Akiyama’s fight anyway.

So I talked to one of the guys at my gym, and he thought it was illegal, and he said the president through it was illegal, so that confused me, because wouldn’t that make it ….illegal? :x  I watched the vid on youtube and wasn’t sure if his hands left the ground the moment of the kicks’ impact, but of course, the ref can’t squint at a computer screen and watch frame by frame, right?  That pic for the topic of this shows clearly, his hands were on the ground, right? Butthe guy at my gym (who also refs) said that Akiyama was trying to get up, but he’d been knocked down, and it was in the scramble to get up, so maybe that’s why the decision stood?

I’m not sure how to feel about Akiyama.  A good pro-fighter friend of mine says, “Of course Akiyama didn’t mean to cheat! He has dry skin and is known for using a lot of lotion, but this time it just happened to be a problem in a match. And that everyone loves Saku so they made a big deal.”

I dunno…I’ve talked to Akiyama (he sometimes trains at Keishukai), but not enough to really know him.

  • Michaelthebox

    I’m convinced!

  • charles

    You have to think this would have played out differently if ‘Slippery’ Akiyama had been the one doing the kicking.


    interesting how some people in Japan don’t think the lotion thing is a big deal, where we’ve been told to believe it was a huge scandal

    the kick was DEF illegal though IMO, but borderline

  • LR

    Depends on how you interpret the rules. In the States, I think that would be deemed legal because the knees were not down on the ground. It’s CLEAR in the replay that his knee was up, but his hand was touching the ground. I don’t believe ALL FOUR hands were on the ground though. So according to the translation, it was legal. But then some people and the President said it was illegal. Misaki won, too confusing to try to figure it out.

  • Bruce Leroy

    shes hot!

  • Zheroen

    I concur with Bruce.

  • turbofeber

    in my book this is not hot .. really .. its not … perhaps my preferances are of a higher standard living in scandinavia ;) :p

  • turbofeber

    i guess tags dont work in here :D

  • dulljake

    hotness isn’t simply looks turbofeber. It’s also attitude. If a girl is smokin’ but has zero personality, she might go from a 9 to a 7. But a 7 that’s fucking cool quickly jumps up a few leagues. You’ve go to consider the whole package!

  • frickshun

    She’s hot if you’re into looking at me w/a Pippi Longstocking wig on.

  • hbdale309

    Yep, just like I thought. Akiyami didn’t really cheat. It’s all politics.

  • Roxy

    Hey, I love Pippi!

    Anyway, I’m scanning boutreview in Japanese now and a headline was “Misaki punishes Akiyama with a KO! Will his dream continue to bloom?” And actually, this article is talking about how this loss is like karmic retrobution for Akiyama’s previous foul play.

    and maybe I’ll read more tomorrow because now I’m sleepy ….

  • Toxie

    What’s up Roxy? Cool to see you post here.

  • MacDaddy

    well jeez turbofeber, why don’t you post some pics of yourself holding *your* belt, so we know what hot really looks like?

  • turbofeber

    lol – i never claimed to be hot – – and seeing the above mentioned “hotness” actually posting in here will refrain me from further addressing the subject – and just add that my preference in females might be different if you consider me being from Glerkovstoj, Russia. . . roxy got way too little facial hair tbh –

  • Bruce Leroy

    i wonder if she’ll pippi my longstocking?

  • Bruce Leroy

    dam, i gotta write that down dulljake, thats some e-pimping at its finest. with lines like that, she wont care about those gnarly catepillars hanging ten above your eyes.