Yoshihiro Akiyama gets another stiff test in his drop to the welterweight division with a July fight against Thiago Alves at UFC 149 in Calgary. Both fighters could be in must-win territory in the UFC – “Sexyama” has lost four straight, and Alves has dropped two in a row and four of six.
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UFC officials announced on Monday that Jake Shields will meet Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144 in Japan.
After going 1-3 in the UFC at middleweight, the Japanese stars is looking to start fresh in a new division.
Seven fighters have been suspended due to medical reasons following UFC 133, including main event fighter Tito Ortiz.