“Sexyama” is coming to ONE Championship.
Akiyama (14-6, 2 NC) has not competed since Nov. 28, 2015, where he lost a split decision to Alberto Mina at a UFC Fight Night event in Seoul, South Korea. He compiled a 2-5 record inside the Octagon, with decision wins over Alan Belcher and Amir Sadollah and losses to the likes of Jake Shields, Vitor Belfort, and Michael Bisping. Three of Akiyama’s UFC appearances ended with him receiving a Fight of the Night bonus.
In his native Korea (where he is known as Choo Sung-hoon), Akiyama has some measure of fame outside of fighting, making appearances in various reality TV shows including a regular role as a celebrity dad in The Return of Superman. He has represented both South Korea and Japan in international judo competitions.
Previously, Akiyama has competed at welterweight and middleweight, but it is not yet known in which division he will compete for ONE.