It’s with a heavy heart that Middle Easy reports Pride Legend and Pro Wrestling Noah Champion Yoshihiro Takayama is paralyzed.
— カクトウログ📶ﾌﾟﾛﾚｽ/格闘技 (@kakutolog) August 6, 2017
It seems that back on May 6th of this year, Yoshihiro Takayama was injured in a failed spot during a wrestling match. While wrestling for DDT promotion, Takayama’s Sunset Flip went wrong, sending him to the hospital where he ended up undergoing some type of spinal surgery two days later.
Now, Yoshihiro Takayama has representatives coming forward reporting that his injures are quite severe. The article implies that Takayama is completely paralyzed from the neck down. It also implies that the financial burden of his treatment is becoming a concern for his family. Information is sparse, but Middle Easy will update this article and our social media feeds with any updates on where to send donations and support toward his ongoing care.
Yoshihiro Takayama became a part of Mixed Martial Arts history with his war against Don Frye at Pride 21 back in 2001. A subsequent Pride appearance against Bob Sapp and an earlier fight against Semmy Schilt cemented Takayama as the most courageous big man in all of Japan.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Yoshihiro Takayama and his family during this trying period.
Update 9/21/17: Here is the official donation page from Yoshihiro Takayama’s agent titled TAKAYAMANIA