Even though he’s a ridiculously famous and handsome God of a man, things haven’t been going all that great for Yoshihiro Akiyama lately. He’s on a four fight losing skid and on top of that has had to deal with his manager embezzling from him:
The president of a consulting company, Sawayama Tarou, was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement. According to the police, he was stealing Akiyama’s fight money, and they caught him using it for a credit card payment.
In February/March of 2008, he took money five times from the account that held Akiyama’s fight money earnings, taking around 13550000 yen [140k in gaijin dollars]. Akiyama noticed in May of the same year and went to the police about it.
In 2010 he mentioned it on his blog, and it mentions his comment about how almost all of his money was stolen by someone he trusted, but that the guy is still living like nothing happened.
It’s always sad when a fighter gets ripped off – that’s money they earned literally through blood, sweat, and tears. Okay, Akiyama probably made a lot of it off modelling and singing too, but the point remains. Ripping off a mixed martial artist is just scummy. Let’s hope Sexyama got to give the guy a loaded glove special before the police got to him.