Sunday, November 28, 2021

Yoshihiro Akiyama Talks MMA In Japan, Wants UFC In Country

From an interview on Sherdog:

SD: The UFC has very little TV presence in Japan, yet is doing very well on Korean TV. While Dana White has expressed great interest in “invading” Japan with the UFC, the politics of the fight scene and MMA's lack of popularity in Japan make it difficult if not impossible for a foreign company to break into the Japanese fight business. Thus, the UFC may never come to Japan. What are your thoughts on that?

Akiyama: Right now in Japan, the MMA bubble has already burst. We have to revive it, bring it back. I think that if I do well in the UFC, it might help make MMA a little more popular in Japan. I don’t know what the UFC is thinking in regard to the Japanese MMA market, but I do think that if they do come over, the Japanese people will accept them.

It’s still a business, so I think they will try to plan out a way to come over to Japan, but I personally would like them to just come right on over without thinking too much about it.

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