Siyar Bahadurzada replaces injured Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 149

An injured has forced Yoshihiro Akiyama out of his scheduled welterweight clash with Thiago Alves at UFC 149. UFC officials announced that Siyar Bahadurzada will step in to replace Akiyama on the July 21st card. Bahadurzada (21-4-1) is coming off an impressive promotional debut in which he needed just 42 seconds to knockout Paulo Thiago at UFC on FUEL TV 2. With the win Bahadurzada...
Via MMA Interplay
May 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Yoshihiro Akiyama Out of UFC 149, Thiago Alves Now Fights Siyar Bahadurzada

On Tuesday afternoon, the UFC’s Brazilian Twitter account announced an undisclosed injury has forced Yoshihiro Akiyama out of his UFC 149 shootout against Thiago Alves (Pictured). Now worries, because slugger Siyar Bahadurzada has agreed to serve as substitute on July 21st. Bahadurzada made quite the splash in his big league debut at “UFC on FUEL TV 2″ by putting Paulo Thiago...
Via 5thRound.com
May 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Thiago Alves-Yoshihiro Akiyama, George Roop-‘Pato’ Carvalho Added to UFC 149 in Calgary

UFC officials announced Tuesday that former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves will lock horns with onetime middleweight talent Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 149. Also announced was a featherweight confrontation between George Roop and Antonio Carvalho. The pay-per-view event takes place July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, and will be highlighted...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Thiago Alves in the works for UFC 149

<img src="http://www.mmainterplay.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/thiago-alves.png" alt="thiago alves Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Thiago Alves in the works for UFC 149" title="Thiago "Pitbull" Alves" width="175" height="246" class="alignright size-full wp-image-55026" />A welterweight clash between Yoshihiro Akiyama...
Via MMA Interplay
April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Yoshirio Akiyama vs Thiago Alves fight reportedly booked for July event, possibly UFC 149

Believe it or not, Yoshihiro Akiyama is still gainfully employed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Not only that, he’s reportedly got yet another fight lined up. According to MMAFighting.com, “Sexyama” has been paired up with Thiago Alves for a welterweight showdown sometime in July, likely at the UFC 149 event scheduled for July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It...
Via cheap-heat
April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Thiago Alves targeted for UFC 149 in Calgary

A welterweight bout between Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and Thiago Alves (19-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) has been targeted for July’s UFC 149 event. Both fighters have agreed to the summer matchup, sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). MMAFighting.com initially reported the fight. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

UFC 144 breakdown: Akiyama vs. Shields

Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4) vs. Jake Shields (26-6-1) This intriguing welterweight bout features two formidable talents on the biggest slumps of their respective careers. Akiyama, 36, a third-dan black belt in judo, is one of the top judokas to ever transition into mixed martial arts. The two-time South Korean gold medalist has dropped to welterweight as he tries to rebound from...
Via Fox Sports
February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

UFC 144 'Japan': Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama fight preview

After it's all said and done, hopefully Yoshihiro and Jake can co author a book about the best hair product's to use for men in training and MMA.  When I look this card up and down, I cannot for the life of me find two fighters who need a win more than these two gentlemen. Hometown hero Yoshihrio Akiyama, who is making his 170 lb debut, carries a rather heavy three-fight...
Via hov-mma
February 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Akiyama Drops to Welterweight, Faces Shields at UFC 144 in Japan

After three consecutive defeats at middleweight, Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama will make a long-awaited move down the scale in February, and he’ll do so before a hometown crowd.
Via Sherdog
November 14, 2011  |  Discuss

Thin Akiyama photo: Japanese star finally where he belongs

No one questions Yoshihiro Akiyama's heart, just his smarts and dedication to his craft. With his drop to the welterweight division, the Japanese star may have turn the corner with the UFC. The promotion brought the Japanese fighter on board with hopes of developing a big star, but the fact that Akiyama was fighting out of his weight class crushed his chances. Between good striking...
Via Cage Writer
November 03, 2011  |  Discuss

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