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Wanderlei Sliva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama set for UFC 116

A highly anticipated middleweight clash between Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva and Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama is on the horizon for UFC 116.

One fighter has already signed the bout agreement and the other is expected to sign this week according to a recent report from Fighters Only.

The bout will take place on Silva’s thirty-fourth birthday, July 3, during the same event that UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is expected to make his return.

The pair had been expected to face off at UFC 110 in Australia before Michael Bisping was tapped to replace Akiyama.

Akiyama has wanted this match-up for quite some time now – refusing other potential match-ups in hopes of pinning the fight with Wanderlei down – and now he will get his wish.

Silva will be looking to make it two in a row inside of the octagon with a recent unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 110, while Akiyama is currently riding a three fight win streak, with his most recent appearance being a “Fight of the Night” splkit decision victory over Alan Belcher during UFC 100.

  • Dufresne says:

    Hopefully Wandi pulls the W here. For some reason I just don’t enjoy watching Akiyama.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I wonder if there going to go all out on this card or are they just going to let it ride on Brocks return… either way the buyrates/ viewership should be through the roof…

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is going to be a great three round war with the axe murderer getting the decision. Akiyama has shown how tough he is and he is quicker than Wanderlei but not nearly as powerful. I think it will be close, and exciting but eventually Wanderlei will take over and win.

  • inkythewinky says:

    i am not a racist, but i never bet on asian’s, the only time i lost that bet was at ufc 100 when belcher lost, besides that its a sure fire bet

  • Guthookd says:

    This should be a great fight. I can’t wait. Rooting for Wanderlei but this could go either way IMO.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    love this match up.
    I have sliva winning this one


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