UFC 100: Yoshihiro Akiyama robs Alan Belcher


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Yoshihiro Akiyama made middleweight his debut inside the Octagon at UFC 100 in Las Vegas. And that's about all we can say about that except Alan Belcher just got robbed!

Akiyama (13-1) won a split decision. How that happened, I have no idea. No way he did enough to win the fight, let alone all three rounds, as one judge scored it. Another scored it 29-28 in favor of the Japanese import, while the third judge gave the fight to Belcher, 29-28. As did Fightin' Words (which of course doesn't mean much beyond this blog.)

Belcher (13-5) landed leg kicks at will in the second round, which was a change from the first round when he blasted Akiyama in the nether regions with a left leg kick. Inadvertently, of course, but tell that to Akiyama's nether regions!

Akiyama's left eye was swollen shut by the end of the fight.

Overall, I thought Akiyama made a decent debut in the UFC. Nothing too spectacular. I don't understand why he kept the fight on his feet so much. If he's supposed to be a judo superstar in Japan, shouldn't he do more than just throw punches? The few times he exhibited such skills, he looked good, especially in his escapes.

The scene inside Radio City: It was a pretty neutral crowd for this fight. All the fans wanted was to see each fighter punch and kick. They got what they wanted.

4:07 a.m. UPDATE: Ha! Just watched the post-fight press conference and Dana White said "I wasn't 100 percent sure of the decision, you know what I mean, but I think it was a tough fight to score, too." Still, each fighter earned $100,000 for Fight of the Night.

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Comments (60)

What is everyone talking about the Belcher winning???
Did you not see Belcher get knocked down twice by
Akiyama's punches??? Did you not see Akiyama take
down Belcher at will??? Wow, Belcher can kick...so what.
He couldn't finish with the combo and allowed Akiyama to
take him. I hope the rest of the fights are judged properly as well

Belcher did not get ROBBED. It was a close fight.

Akiyama had takedowns, escapes, what did Belcher do--just stand and punch/kick? Akiyama landed as much as him in that regard.

That's the beauty of the fight game, I guess. We all see it differently. I thought Belcher won the fight, 29-28. I can't see how anyone can score it 30-27 for Sexiyama, but maybe that's why I write about judging fights instead of actually judging fights.

Either way, keep the thoughts flowing. Anyone else out there think Belcher won?

I think it was pretty close.
But one thing is bugging me... Anyone noticed that Akiyama got tired realy quick and
couldnt keep up the pace? He he put down his guard often which earned him few punch
and probably his f@ed eye. Anyway

Belcher did not get robbed. Akiyama did look tired, but he didn't looked hurt. What do you expect from a guy who hasn't fought at all this year.

Still he won that fight, he was able to take everything Belcher threw at him and come back from a groin kick (which had to hurt him even with five minutes to recover). He was also able to take Belcher down more than once and beat him on the ground despite some very good scrambling. I think Akiyama had Belcher beat every where the fight went he just didn't have a gas tank after his long layoff.

(And as for his eye closing up, even Joe Rogan said it looked like it was from an eye poke.)

Belcher got robbed!!!!Akiyama looked like he had been through hell and back...I hate when fights go to the judges. Some bitch who pushes a pencil and sucks on milkshakes mprobably made the decision. Everyone who knows the sport thinks Belcher won 29-28.

yeah...this was not a robbery...I don't think belcher should have won...belcher landed some great leg kicks, but that about summed it up...akiyama seemed better all around, wasn't used to being able to throw elbows in his fights (which when he had belcher on his back could have been even more devestating), and yeah purdy (i love dem paint brushes) much seemed to handle belcher...i was shocked when they said belcher got robbed, it was somewhat even but overall i felt akiyama won the fight....but i guess i don't know the sport

Just because Joe Rogan said Belcher was robbed, does not make it so.
Calm down and rewatch the fight, clearly Akiyama wins rounds 1+2.

Akiyama WON. He would have done even better if dirty Belcher didn't kick Yoshihiro in his balls...very dirty fight.

Thank you to all the SANE pple. Belcher was not Robbed it was a very close fight but Akiyama squeezed it out.
The first round was hard to call because it was pretty back in forth for each. What gave Akiyama the edge was he was dominat on the ground.
Both were tired but Akiyama was definitely gassed still he managed to get take downs and still land shots.
Seriously the leg kicks Belcher threw were great but they werent doing as much damage as it was made out to be. Akiyama was still moving around pretty well.
Belcher also failed to go for the kill several times. He still had respect for Akiyamas strikes even though he was tired.
It was a great fight and I am glad to see Akiyama win but I hate all the crying over Belcher losing. It was close it was split (yes, 30-27 was out there) but Aikiyama won.

I mean, I could see someone giving Belcher the fight, but in no way was that a robbery. That was a close fight that could have gone either way. Just because Joe Rogan says it was a robbery doesn't mean it was. I had Akiyama winning rnds 1 and 2. I think Jordan Breen of sherdog had Akiyama 30-27, so although I disagree with the score, I understand that someone could have come to that conclusion.

On another note, Akiyama looked tiny compared to Belcher. I'd like to see him drop to 170.

If I was kicked in the nuts (provided i had some, but like most girls, I don't) in the first round of a fight, I'd be a little tired and sluggish for the rest of the fight too. Akiyama got the take downs in the 3rd round to deserve the split decision. The 30-27 judge was probably not watching the same fight though...

Come on. Belcher was robbed. Good thing for Akiyama (who made a decent showing) that it didn't go six rounds. He was not dominating that fight. The object is to be the best fighter, not score technical points while losing. Disappointing.

I live in South Korea as an Expat US teacher and I will be the first to tell you that the people over here have very deep pockets and Akiyama was going to win regardless unless he was knocked out. Belcher is amazing and clearly won the fight, but unless they are taking points for accidental low blows, there should have not been split decision. If you look at it going off of clean effective strikes and dominance Akiyama got his ass handed to him. People dont know this but Akiyama is the pride of South Korea and he only became Japanese by citizenship to compete in Judo for the Olympics years ago. I am willing to bet all that I own, that some very wealthy Korean man got into the ear of one of the judges to give Akiyama the win. How is it that Alan Belcher won none of the rounds according to one of the judges? Something definately is not right with that. Lets see Akiyama go up against Alan Belcher again or even fight someone else! I cant wait for someone to knock the Korean and Japanese flags off of his shorts!

I live in South Korea as an Expat US teacher and I will be the first to tell you that the people over here have very deep pockets and Akiyama was going to win regardless unless he was knocked out. Belcher is amazing and clearly won the fight, but unless they are taking points for accidental low blows, there should have not been split decision. If you look at it going off of clean effective strikes and dominance Akiyama got his ass handed to him. People dont know this but Akiyama is the pride of South Korea and he only became Japanese by citizenship to compete in Judo for the Olympics years ago. I am willing to bet all that I own, that some very wealthy Korean man got into the ear of one of the judges to give Akiyama the win. How is it that Alan Belcher won none of the rounds according to one of the judges? Something definately is not right with that. Lets see Akiyama go up against Alan Belcher again or even fight someone else! I cant wait for someone to knock the Korean and Japanese flags off of his shorts!

Akiyama won the fight, fair and square. The American commentators including Joe Rogan gave a biased commentary and may have given some viewers the impression that Belcher's strikes were working but they weren't. The "leg kicks" they kept speaking of had very little impact on Akiyama if at all. Even the "superman punch" in the 3rd round didn't have enough impact to shake up Akiyama. Akiyama, on the other hand, landed solid punches that actually counted. He also kept taking Belcher down. When Belcher was taken down and getting pummeled in the 2nd round, he looked as if he was barely holding on for dear life. I'm not saying Belcher got KILLED because he didn't but to say that he got robbed is just downright dumb. I mean, how could Joe Rogan notice the swollen left eye of Akiyama but not notice the cut underneath Belcher's left eye??

That American guy think he knows a lot. He must have watched Korean TV shows from YouTube.
What he is lacking is precise information. His accusations are not credible at all but his personal opinion without any facts. He sounded like 3rd grader arguing with his classmate. Regardless, just like any controversy in sports, ruling is final and the future outcomes of either athlete's bouts may show the world who was indeed the better fighter. That American guy, your attitude is a disgrace. People like you are the reason why the rest of US are treated so badly in foreign countries.

that american guy is another foreign trashy "English teacher" in Korea. Do you know the wonders that the internet makes? It makes voices of stupid people be heard. Akiyama clearly took it.

Try watching the fight with the volume off and not listening to the two tools who commentate each fight as fans instead of professionals.

Akiyama deserved to win that fight. He had more successful shoots, more successful knock downs. Plus he is the SEXYAMA!!! I think the reason they're saying robbed, was that Americans can have such an ego that when someone from another country, especially a country like Japan, they'll do everything they can to belittle them or playoff their efforts and skills. Yushin Okami should have a title shot by now, but I personally think it's cus he's Japanese. Not being biased because I'm a Jewish American, American's have always had a thing against the Japanese... Caol Uno's last fight he should have won...

Ha, turns out Belcher was training with Eddie Bravo for the fight, no wonder Rogan was biased.

To anyone who still thinks Akiyama got robbed (looking over the general internet consensus...not many) check out the fight metric breakdown.

http://fightmetric.com/fights/Akiyama-Belcher.html

Belcher didn't get robbed. Look at the scoring at sherdog.com and mmajunkie.com. They scored it for Akiyama and there would be no reason to bribe them. "that American guy" knows nothing.

Belcher in NO WAY got robbed. The first and third rounds could have gone either way. I barely, ever so slightly, gave Belcher the first round, but it was so close that I wouldn't argue if someone else gave it to Akiyama. The second round was much clearer, Akiyama won it, no doubt. The third was very close again, but it looked like Akiyama connected more and had two take downs. A close round, but Akiyama wins it. So I even though I gave Akiyama the second nad third I CAN see how a judge gave Akiyama every round in a very close fight. There should be no talk of anyone getting robbed in that fight. It was a great competitive fight, and Akiyama got the best of Belcher fair and square. I can't wait for the rematch.

29-28 for Akiyama... Watch the fight again: octagon control, takedowns, punches...

Watch the fight on mute, you'll see that Aki did more than enough to win.

Please, anyone that thinks Belcher won, should have drank a bit less booze last night.

I watched the fight in a crowded bar (filled mostly w/fighters from the local gym otherwise known as knowledgeable fight fans) so you couldn't hear the commentary, and it was of no ones opinion that belcher got robbed. It was a close fight for sure(2 rounds to 1 imo), but i was still surprised it wasn't unanimous for aki.

no way belcher was robbed. i predicted a split decision win for akiyama at the end of the fight and that is what happened. i'd say it was an even fight for the night overall, but if you divide the fight into rounds, akiyama did win two or more rounds, with his punches that landed and akiyama also took down belcher a few times. belcher had no takedowns for the fight.

mark, since you seem new to mma, let me tell you why akiyama kept the fight standing up: because he's good enough and belcher is a good grappler!! sure akiyama uses judo, but it is mainly to take down his opponents, which applied effectively in the fight. the world knew that akiyama had to win the fight standing up and thats what he did.

ps dana white may run the ufc but he isn't the mma lord that everyone has to listen to. otherwise why didn't he make himself the judge of all the fights? its just one opinion, not with any more value than yours or mine.

It was a close fight though...each of us has it's own perspective...probably belcher scored a couple of leg kicks and punches but akiyama also trade punches with him and even put him on the ground...so the judges decision was just fine...it was a very close fight unlike hendo and bisping!!so yah better shut your mouth or be hit the second time!!

Akiyama was constant at punching him right in the face and was dodging
most of his hits. His kicks didn't do much to Akiyama because he kept
going for the win! We know that Akiyama & Belcher are talented mixed martial arts fighters
and this goes to show that the judges know how to do their job! Sore losers ssay the same things and don't get it.

Akiyama was constant at punching him right in the face and was dodging
most of his hits. His kicks didn't do much to Akiyama because he kept
going for the win! We know that Akiyama & Belcher are talented mixed martial arts fighters
and this goes to show that the judges know how to do their job! Sore losers say the same things and don't get it.

Akiyama. No doubt about it.

Belcher won but wasn't robbed he definitely got his paycheck. I've trained with belcher his leg kicks feel like being struck by the bat of the best MLB home run slugger. He could have easily ko'd Akiyama by simply landing those numerous leg kicks a few feet higher.
Here's the truth. Akiyama is immensely popular in Asia. UFC and pay-per-view want the Asian audience. A belcher win brings little additional viewers. However, an Akiyama victory even a tainted one like that of UFC 100 brings millions of new viewers to UFC and pay-per-view which equals more profits. In the end it's all business. Belcher won, but Akiyama won Dana White and Pay-per-view millions in future revenue.

Close fight but Akiyama fought much better.
He had Belcher down several times and his punches and kicks
were more controlled and accurate than Belcher's.
Two of three MMA related websites judged for Akiyama's win as well.

Important: Belcher should be penalized for the low blow kick on Akiyama's
groin. Looking at the slow motion, it was not an accident.
If Akiyama allowed, Belcher would have done that again.
Belcher lacks sportsmanship for having done that. Shame on him!

UFC100 had some great fights and was very entertaining to watch.
Unless Belcher's so called "accidental low blow kicks" and Lesner's
"showing middle fingers to the audience" type of things are continuing,
I am a new fan of UFC fights.

"the no talent" belcher got more humiliating punches on the face and takedowns. On the part of Akiyama, except for that takedown on the 1st round and that light superman punch in the 3rd round didn't suffer much humiliation. Akiyama clearly is the winner.

akiyama was going to win the fight regardless...the only way for belcher to win was if he knocked out akiyama. ufc is trying to penetrate the japanese/korean market and akiyama winning the split decision was something that obviously was rigged.

Akiyama won, sheesh he kicked his butt the first two rounds, he took him down how many times? When did belcher take Akiyama down? i never saw one time

the first two rounds he dominated the guy, the third round he was tired it was more close, but hell he still took belcher down AGAIN after he was so tired,

BELCHER WAS NOT ROBBED THAT IS TOTAL GARBAGE HE LOST THE FIGHT

Akiyama won, sheesh he kicked his butt the first two rounds, he took him down how many times? When did belcher take Akiyama down? i never saw one time

the first two rounds he dominated the guy, the third round he was tired it was more close, but hell he still took belcher down AGAIN after he was so tired,

BELCHER WAS NOT ROBBED THAT IS TOTAL GARBAGE HE LOST THE FIGHT

Here's the deal, rednecks are such bad losers it hurts their own ego when they lose to an Asian because that negates their delusion of "superiority". That's why...

People thinks Belcher got robbed because the announcers were clowns. Highlight of the fight was at 3rd round when Akiyama dropped Belcher, but announcers didn'nt even show the replay but instead made big deal out of Belchers superman punch executed while Akiyama was signalling to fans. I am American but felt like the announcers were siding with Belcher too much, especially when they said "Belcher has this fight" just after he got knocked out. And said things like akiyama is in trouble when hes just fine. Akiyama took him down a lot too. Belcher only tried to hurt akiyamas leg with his leg kicks. I think if it wasnt for announcers there wont be any controversy.

Hater.... That's all I can say. A win is a win. Eat it up...

Wow very blunt title for the article.... of course it's a blog so I can't say I expect much. It was a close fight, but Akiyama was the clear winner. Akiyama landed very clean shots on Belcher. Took him down (I believe twice). One of which he had a dominant side control position for a while. I was a bothered Rogan was tainting Akiyama's win, it is very rare for Rogan to mention his opinion on scoring unless it's a clear round winner and I think it's so they do not bias the viewers. To hear Rogan state he thinks Belcher got robbed was bothersome.

I watched the fight as unbiased as possible and thought it was close, but also had Akiyama on top. Belcher was not on the offensive throughout the whole fight, and was waiting to either counter or throw safe leg kicks. Akiyama pressed the fight and got more shots in.

Both Compustrike and Fightmetric ruled the same way also. I thought it was funny that at the bar I was at, there was this old, possibly Vietnam Vet commenting the whole fight about how Belcher was kicking his ass and how awesome Belcher was. You would think he was Belcher's father. On the flip side, I hate when fights in Japan go the distance and the judges give the fight to the Japanese fighter over a Korean fighter...when the fight is pretty much a draw. Home turf seems to rule often times in the eyes of the judges. I'm just glad that this fight was judged the way it was. Now I can hope to see Akiyama one more time in the UFC.

Some MMA watchers (I don't feel comfortable calling them fans due to their level of ignorance) are just too damned funny for words. Akiyama robbed Belcher?! WTF? Sounds as though someone has Akiyama confused with the referee. Anyway, the fight was at best, a draw. However, since the "judges" (another title is needed because they're too often seriously lacking judgment) don't like to rule a fight a draw because they're weak and so succumb to fan pressure to name a winner, we get idiotic results sometimes---like this time though this time isn't as bad as some. I had Akiyama winning too but not by much. Belcher got taken down and hit too much and did too little to make up for it. And I certainly didn't give a flying care whether Akiyama or Belcher won. How anyone could believe that Belcher kicked ass on Akiyama is amazing though I suppose they're no more confused than the female judge who ruled Nate Diaz the winner of his fight with Clay Guida. If MMA doesn't soon get more judges like Yamasaki, Rosenthal and Big John and some judges who have the balls to rule the fights objectively, our beloved sport is going to become as frustrating to watch as boxing. Well, maybe not that bad but you get the idea.

Fight of the Night???!!! Belcher certainly wasn't robbed if it's true he and Akiyama got 100K for that piece-of-crap-of-a-fight. Once again, though it's subjective, how anyone could watch Belcher v. Akiyama and enjoy it more than GSP v. Alves AND Henderson v. Bisping AND then give it FOTN honors no less, is beyond me.

re my previous post re Belcher v. Akiyama:
I wrote: "get more judges like Yamasaki, Rosenthal and Big John ".
It should have read: "get more refs like Yamasaki, Rosenthal and Big John "

re my previous post re Belcher being "robbed":
I wrote: "Sounds as though someone has Akiyama confused with the referee."
It should have read: Sounds as though someone has Akiyama confused with the judges.

Quit bitching and stop listening to Rogan.

Belcher was not robbed. It was a close decision. Akiyama deserved it.

First Round: belcher is fckin retard. Kicking someone in the balls??? How is the judges going to judge??
knocking off points. Common sense isn't it.
Second Round: Akiyama could have end the fight. Save by the bell.
Third Round: 50-50 stand up fight. belcher knows on the ground Akiyama has upperhand.

Akiyama Won should have won second round.

First Round: belcher is fckin retard. Kicking someone in the balls??? How is the judges going to judge??
knocking off points. Common sense isn't it.
Second Round: Akiyama could have end the fight. Save by the bell.
Third Round: 50-50 stand up fight. belcher knows on the ground Akiyama has upperhand.

Akiyama Won should have won second round.

To the writer of this article and to anyone else who thinks belcher got robbed all i have to say is re-watch the fight. Akiyama easily won the first round, and in the second round Belcher scored 0 points until the last minute, wheras Sexyama scored the entire first 4 minutes of the round. The third round could be scored for Belcher but that still doesnt win him the fight unless you are insane enough to argue it was a 10-8 round. In addition akiyama scored more punches, all of the takedowns, and more power shots in the fight overall. The only thing Belcher out shone Akiyama in was leg kicks. Again, if you watch the fight again from a scoring perspective there is virtually NO way you can give the decision to Belcher.

The judging was fair and Akiyama clealy won the fight. Akiyama was controlling the pace throughout the entire fight, he executed well with combos and took Belcher down with ease(the judo trips). he landed two big shots to Belchers face when hes on top. Generally he was the dominant fighter. Belcher did nothing else other than those loud leg kicks, which probably got him some points on the score board but thats about it. He swings and misses throughout the fight and the superman punch off the cage was just flashy. Sexyama won no doubt. It couldn't have gone the other way. I dont know why one the commentators was it goldberg or rogan said that belcher got "robbed". it was very biased and unprofessional. well we all know that goldberg knows nothing about mma anyway, he's better off going to WWE. Joe Rogan may know some stuff but he knows nothing more than a hardcore mma fan.

I cannot agree more with Mr. Dallas Greenberg. It reminded me of how some american media Im Canadian btw) had to "count the total number of olympic medals rather than with respect to number of golds in orde to rank US in front of China. 3 bronzes beat 1 silver. Right. And to"that American guy in Korea" I believe that you are a little bit too patriotic to say what you said. A bit too proud of being the supreme American guy as you are. why take it personal? does it matter what the nationality of the fighter is? Why do you have a problem with him wearing a flag of his country on his trunk? We see American, Brazilian flags in the octagon all the time. Why such a grudge?

The judging was fair and Akiyama clealy won the fight. Akiyama was controlling the pace throughout the entire fight, he executed well with combos and took Belcher down with ease(the judo trips). he landed two big shots to Belchers face when hes on top. Generally he was the dominant fighter. Belcher did nothing else other than those loud leg kicks, which probably got him some points on the score board but thats about it. He swings and misses throughout the fight and the superman punch off the cage was just flashy. Sexyama won no doubt. It couldn't have gone the other way. I dont know why one the commentators was it goldberg or rogan said that belcher got "robbed". it was very biased and unprofessional. well we all know that goldberg knows nothing about mma anyway, he's better off going to WWE. Joe Rogan may know some stuff but he knows nothing more than a hardcore mma fan.

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Akiyama WON the fight clearly. Joe Rogan's comment was out of line.
He was surely biased making the comment.

I say, Akiyama should have been allowed to kick back on
the Belcher's groin and continue the match.
Slow motion on the kick looked painful.

Majority of fans said Akiyama WON:
1,500 fans out of 2,000 participated in the poll "BloodyElbow.com"
conducted said Akiyama won. It was posted on 7/12/08.

UFC100 post fight stats said Akiyama WON:
Here's a quote fr "MMAfights.com" based on UFC post fight stats.
"FightMetric, which measures a fighter’s total effectiveness
by tracking strikes, takedowns, submissions and position advancement,
gave Akiyama the fight 29-28 and in its "Total Performance Rating
" Akiyama bested Belcher 72 to 55."

Akiyama WON the fight clearly. Joe Rogan's comment was out of line.
He was surely biased making the comment.

I say, Akiyama should have been allowed to kick back on
the Belcher's groin and continue the match.
Slow motion on the kick looked painful.

Majority of fans said Akiyama WON:
1,500 fans out of 2,000 participated in the poll "BloodyElbow.com"
conducted said Akiyama won. It was posted on 7/12/08.

UFC100 post fight stats said Akiyama WON:
Here's a quote fr "MMAfights.com" based on UFC post fight stats.
"FightMetric, which measures a fighter’s total effectiveness
by tracking strikes, takedowns, submissions and position advancement,
gave Akiyama the fight 29-28 and in its "Total Performance Rating
" Akiyama bested Belcher 72 to 55."

Thanks for for pointing out Akiyamas swollen eye, if you watch the fight vid, Belcher inadvetantly poked him in the fucking eye and akiyama didn't even flinch. after that vicious ball kick tho, what could hurt more. that kick was right on the nut, no shaft at all. ouch

Eat at Joe's.

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