Controversial Moments: Kazushi Sakuraba vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
Yoshihoro Akiyama who was also modelling at the time, oiled his legs with a substance that was undetectable by ringside officials who checked him before the bout, as soon as he began to sweat, the grease became slippery on his skin and gave him an illegal advantage. He slipped repeatedly out of Sakuraba’s leg locks as well as Saku’s attempts at holding guard and eventually won with a TKO victory which later was overturned.
Akiyama had only had 4 more fights after that one and went on to go to the UFC. Up until recently Japan hasn’t really forgave him for it, Sakuraba is a national treasure and Akiyama was a “Zainichi” Korean (Korean living in Japan) and Japan looks down upon them.
This is Akiyama’s next fight vs. the Japanese Kazuo Misaki. The crowd tuns on him immediately:
The crowd also turns on him with his next fight with Shibata:
This is his Entrance at Dream 5. You can feel the hate from the crowd.