“Sexyama” Is Headed To ONE Championship
The chairman and CEO of the Singapore-based promotion Chatri Sityodtong announced on Thursday via social media that he has signed former UFC veteran Yoshihiro Akiyama aka “Sexyama.”
“I’m thrilled to announce that JMMA Korean-Japanese Legend Yoshihiro ‘Sexyama’ Akiyama (15-6) (otherwise known as Choo Sung-Hoon) has officially signed with ONE Championship,” Sityodtong announced on Twitter.
I'm thrilled to announce that JMMA Korean-Japanese Legend Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama (15-6) (otherwise known as Choo Sung-Hoon) has officially signed with ONE Championship!
— Chatri Sityodtong (@YODCHATRI) November 29, 2018
The 43-year-old Korean-Japanese legend also confirmed the news through his Instagram account.
Akiyama last fought on Nov. 28, 2015, where he came up short against Alberto Mina via split decision at a UFC Fight Night event in South Korea. He garnered a 2-5 record in the UFC and held some notable wins over Alan Belcher and Amir Sadollah and lost against top opponents like Jake Shields, Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping, and Chris Leben.
Before entering into UFC, “Sexyama” had a stellar run in both K-1 and DREAM, defeated longtime veterans Melvin Manhoef and Denis Kang, among others.
Previously Yoshihiro Akiyama has competed in welterweight and middleweight division. It’s still unclear at what division Akiyama will compete in ONE Championship.
The 43-year-old Akiyama also known as Choo Sung-Hoon in his native Korea. He’s also a celebrity and reality TV star.