Cage Force held 'Cage Force EX-eastern bound' at Tokorozawa Shimin Taiikukan, Saitama on February 28. Yoshihiro Akiyama appeared in the event as a second of his teammate Yasunori Kanehara and talked a little bit about himself. “The UFC is such a big event. I have many things to do before debuting and will learn a lot from Yushin Okami,” said Akiyama. He picked Wanderlei Silva when he was asked who he wanted to fight with. He also added that he would be very happy if his friend, Satoshi Ishii, sign with the UFC.
He currently trains with Okami and Caol Uno at Wajutsu Keishukai in Tokyo. Caol Uno has being rumored that he will come back to the UFC in June. Okami also showed up in the event and said, “Akiyama is physically very strong. He is good at keeping his distance, and I suppose he is suited for fighting in the octagon.”