UFC vet Sexyama competes on Squid Games type reality show

Yoshihiro Akiyama is making a comeback to reality TV. He has made appearances on a number of reality TV programs, including ‘Now, Follow Me’ and ‘2 Days & 1 Night’.

The UFC vet is expanding his filmography resume by taking part in the recent show, ‘Physical: 100’ on Netflix.

The television series “Squid Games” served as inspiration for the upcoming South Korean reality show. ‘Physical: 100’ challenges contestants of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders to see who is the “perfect human.” Other MMA pros, bodybuilders, YouTubers, models, and Olympians, are also present along with Akiyama.

Every episode includes a new task, the complexity of which increases as the contestants are eliminated. The victor of the show is awarded 300,000,000 South Korean Won ($250,000). Four episodes have so far been released on Netflix, after the first one premiered on January 4.

Yoshihiro Akiyama doesn’t want to give up mixed martial arts anytime soon, despite having a promising career in television and film. After a two-year layoff, the 47-year-old made a comeback to ONE Championship in March 2022. He faced his longtime foe Shinya Aoki and won through TKO in the second round.

Following his victory at ONE X, Akiyama discussed his MMA career on The MMA Hour:


Akiyama had established himself in the UFC before joining ONE. He made his debut in 2009, defeating Alan Belcher by split decision in what is regarded as one of the greatest middleweight bouts ever. Following that, he lost four straight against Chris Leben, Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, and Jake Shields.