Asian MMA organization ONE Championship announced yesterday the signing of former UFC middleweight contender Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-6-0, 2 NC) to the welterweight division.
Akiyama, 43, has not fought since 2015 and has lost six of his last seven contests, but is still remembered for his exciting style and charisma.
“I am pleased to announce that we have added Yoshihiro Akiyama to our elite ONE Championship roster,” ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong said in a press release. “Akiyama is a true representative of Asian martial arts and it is an honour to welcome him to the global stage of competition. He is an absolute legend in the sport, impressing audiences with his supreme martial arts skill and unwavering will to win. Akiyama is set to mix it up with the best and brightest of the ONE Championship welterweight division, and will help lead the charge as ONE Championship heads into Tokyo and Seoul in 2019.”
Terms were not disclosed.