Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Thiago Alves Targeted For UFC 149.

It looks like UFC 149 will play host to "the Pitbull" Thiago Alves taking on "Sexyama" Yoshihiro Akiyama in a 170lbs clash set for July 21st at the Saddle Dome in Calgary. A perennial top five welter weight, Thiago Alves has seen his career plateau as of late with the Brazilian going 3 and 2 in his last 5. Most recently losing a fight he was controlling for 14 minutes and 12 seconds, tapping out to a guillotine after leaving his neck exposed whilst attempting an ill advised late round double leg take-down. Yoshiro Akiyama is in a must win situation at UFC 149. After debuting with a controversial win over Allan Belcher at UFC 100, the sexiest man in MMA has found himself riding a four fight losing streak that has the 3 time F.O.T.N. winner on the verge of being chopped. With losses to Bisping, Leben, and Belfort at 185lbs no one can say Akiyama had an easy road through the UFC. At UFC 144 Akiyama had looked to revive his career by returning to Japan and debuting in a new weight class. Only to find himself fall short against Jake Shields in his first fight at welter weight, bringing the Judoka's UFC record to 1-4 and putting Akiyama's UFC career on the line at UFC 149.

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