While nothing has been made official at this time, the two are expected to face off in Sydney at either UFC 110 or UFC 111, marking the first time the UFC has made the trip to Australia in the promotion’s history.
Akiyama was the one to spill the beans on the potential match-up, revealing the bout during a recent news conference for the popular video game “UFC Undisputed“.
Silva will be looking to get back on track following back to back defeats at the hands of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rich Franklin, following an impressive first round knockout over Keith Jardine at UFC 84. “The Axe Murderer has lost five of his last six, although his last bout with Franklin was a closely contested battle that wound up earning both men the “Fight of the Night” bonus during UFC 99.
Akiyama is fresh off of his closely contested split decision over Alan Belcher at UFC 99. Affectionately referred to as “Sexyama” by his legions of Sexyamamaniacs, Yoshihiro sports a career record of 13-1 and has a decorated background in Judo.