UFC Quick Quote: Yoshihiro Akiyama a little lost in translation during Alan Belcher fight

"Alan was a very tough fighter. The damage of the low blow in the beginning of the fight was quite strong. I thought that if he hit me there again I wouldn’t be able to continue the fight. I wanted to take a large break but there was confusion during the fight. I misunderstood the referee saying five minutes in English as five seconds, I continued the fight urgently but this took a big toll on the exhaustion of my physical strength. My eye got injured when I got downed on the first round by a left. I felt an abnormality in my eye after the end of the 1st round. One eye was closed so I didn’t know about my sense of distance. Because I couldn’t see any attacks from my opponent’s right side I received a lot of leg kicks from that side. I didn’t continue with the game plan, the only reason I won was my feeling that I really didn’t want to lose this fight. After the fight when I was in the hospital, Dana White came personally and told me first hand that me and Belcher’s fight was elected as the fight of the night. I was very happy…. Alan is the toughest fighter I have faced and I’m proud to have been able to fight him. I will devote myself from now on so please support me."

-- Japanese superstar, Yoshihiro Akiyama -- who happens to have Korean roots -- reflects on his Octagon debut against Alan Belcher at UFC 100 this past weekend with SportsNavi (via NightmareOfBattle.com). "Sexyama" sustained some damage to his manhood in the early going courtesy of a low blow, from which he apparently wanted more time to recover but a miscommunication forced him back into action much sooner. Belcher then tattooed him with a punch near the end of the opening frame that cracked the orbital bone in his face. Akiyama persevered despite the injuries and was able to steal a super close split decision at the end of three round of action. The back-and-forth middleweight scrap earned "Fight of the Night" honors with Akiyama and Belcher each pocketing $100,000 in bonus money in addition to their base salaries.

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