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On Jackson’s Training Ground: Akiyama Preps Up for UFC 120

Written on August 29, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Standing from the cageside, ready to ascend to the cage himself, Yoshihiro Akiyama watched as spirited fighter sparred at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts yesterday morning.

Coming from across the Pacific, the Japanese fighter had been ready for enlistment in the ever-extending list of trainees in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He officially joined the in line with his preparation for the face-to-face encounter with at the on October 16 in London.

’s general manager Ricky Kottenstette confirmed, “I was contacted by one of his representatives, and he said that () was looking to join a team. I went ahead and set it up, and he’s looking forward to working with (standup coach) Mr. (Mike) Winkeljohn and Greg for this camp.”

The former K-1 and Dream pro went to school for the first time, observing fellow trainees in action while waiting to meet up with Kottenstette and jackson in the trainer’s office.

Jackson himself was impressed by the fluidity, transition techniques and attitude of his camp’s newcomer, and said that the fighter was a welcome addition to the group. Though Akiyama just signed up for the camp, the owner and the manager were glad to have what they call a “good fighter” to share ideas around.

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