At 12-1 and withstatus as a superstar in Japan, Yoshihiro Akiyama seemed like he would make an impact on the UFC’s middleweight division. Unfortunately, his only taste of success came in an exciting Split Decision over Alan Belcher. “Sexyama” promptly went 0-4 with two stoppages and hasn’t seen action since a February 2012 stumble to Jake Shields.
There are a lot of components involved when it comes to finding consistent success inside the Octagon. Without the right training camp, dedication to one’s craft, ability to stay healthy, avoiding problems outside of the cage, and numerous other factors in place there’s a good chance a fighter will only make it to a certain level before fizzling out. While such runs are commendable, they’re also commonplace, allowing the cream to truly rise to the top. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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