Akiyama-Sakuraba Changed to No Contest

The result of the New Year’s Eve bout between Kazushi Sakuraba and Yoshihiro Akiyama at K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite!! has been changed from a TKO win for Akiyama to a no contest after officials found that Sakuraba’s inability to grasp Akiyama was due to a skin moisturizer Akiyama had applied before the bout for cosmetic purposes.

Sakuraba complained to the referee several times during the fight about Akiyama’s skin but nothing was done until after the fight when Sakuraba and his camp filed a formal protest.

There was also some controversy surrounding Akiyama’s gloves which didn’t sport the regulation logo on them. After investigation, officials stated that the logo had simply fallen off and the gloves were regulation size.

K-1 has ruled that they will not punish Akiyama since he was unaware that the cream would cause that to happen however he will not receive his purse money for the victory. Akiyama has stated that he would like to fight Sakuraba again as soon as possible…


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