Many have called for Yoshihiro Akiyama to drop down to welterweight ever since he debuted in the UFC with a narrow victory over Alan Belcher. After losing his last three, Akiyama finally decided to go for it.
To make sure he could do it though, Akiyama did a test cut and the picture above is the result. According to MMA Fighting’s Japanese MMA reporter, Daniel Herbertson, Akiyama dropped from 203-205 lbs. to 170 lbs. in only four weeks, but said the last 12 lbs. were “quite hard.”
Regardless, Akiyama made it and we’ll be seeing him at welterweight next. The questions now are when and against who?