After much controversy surrounding Yoshihiro Akiyama’s fight with Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba, the match was declared a “No Contest”. As fans recall, Sakuraba complained that Akiyama’s legs were very slippery. The fight was later stopped by officials at ringside with Akiyama declared as the winner. An angered Sakuraba left the ring without greeting the Korean Judoka; his actions weren’t typical of his character. Akiyama later revealed that he used a lubricant on his body and his legs, claiming a skin a condition.
In addition to being disqualified and forfeiting his fight purse, FEG president Sadaharu Tanigawa recently stated that Yoshihiro Akiyama has been suspended indefinitely. The Judoka has stated at a previous press conference that he is willing to accept any length of punishment that K-1 deemed necessary. Akiyama also apologized to Sakuraba and to the fans.