- Akiyama came back to the ring. What do you think?
I went to Korea with him. I did not imagine he had not fought for 1 year. He was really relaxed before the fight. He started to have a good rhythm after making jabs in the middle of fight.
- What did you think about the fight between Akiyama and Sakuraba? You were at ring side..
I did not notice about his body cream. I was actually interested in seeing how good Akiyama would avoid Sakuraba`s tackles. I was sitting right next to Mr. Tanigawa. After the fight Sakuraba came by and complained about the slipping of Akiyama`s whole body. I wonder if Akiyama applied an oil on his body and I watched the fight video when I come home. I was sure Akiyama had an oil on his body by seeing the way Sakuraba was slipping. I have fought fighters who did same thing as Akiyama and was not surprised though.
- What do you think about Akiyama`s comeback?
Well, If he did something he should not do, Hero`s should kick him out. But since there is no MMA athletic commission in Japan, he will move on to the next promoter whenever Hero`s terminates the contract. He is very competitive and has many fans and brings Hero`s more money, so Hero`s decided to keep him.