Akiyama was almost as inactive during his fight as Rampage Jackson was, but through the magic of lowered expectations I think he came out of his fight looking pretty good. No one really expected him to beat Jake Shields, so it was kinda impressive seeing him stuff nearly every takedown and muscle his opponent around the cage. And those judo throws! Things of beauty. Even though this fight drops him down to 1-4 in the UFC, it’d be worth keeping him around just to see some more of that. Maybe they’ll finally put him in the cage with some competition that isn’t two or three rungs above him?

(gifs via the Zombie Prophet and Iron Forges Iron)