Well, it didn’t take long for the internet to go from stunned disbelief to angry accusation regarding Akiyama’s knockout of Denis Kang at HEROs this weekend.
For those of you who don’t know, Akiyama is probably the most controversial fighter in Asia. Last year he was suspended for using lubricant on his body during a fight with Sakuraba … some even accuse him of using steel knuckles in the fight. The above video documents the whole shebang and is worth watching, although remember: the Japanese hate Koreans, so take it with a grain of salt.
This wasn’t even Akiyama’s first brush with infamy … apparently he has a history of greasing. But who knows what’s real and false in the land of the rising sun : it wouldn’t surprise me if Akiyama’s admission was the result of some weird honor-triangle or other weird backstage politics. Whatever the case is, you’ll never hear of Akiyama winning without people reminding you he’s a cheating son of a bitch.