Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Thiago Alves Set for UFC 149 in Calgary
UFC 149 just got a whole lot sexier! In the midst of a 4 fight losing streak, Yoshihiro Akiyama will continue to fight in the Welterweight division as he takes on Thiago Alves at the summer event.
MMAFighting.com initially reported the fight earlier today, stating that both fighters have agreed to the bout.
UFC 149, the first UFC event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, takes place on July 21st at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The event will be headlined by UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, whose opponent has yet to be announced, and is expected to air on Pay-Per View. It is unknown if the Akiyama-Alves fight will be part of the main card or preliminary card.
Akiyama returns to action after losing a unanimous decision to Jake Shields in his Welterweight debut at UFC 143 in Japan back in February. He has not won a fight since a split-decision win over Alan Belcher at UFC 100 in July 2009, suffering losses to Chris Leben, Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort prior to dropping to Welterweight to face Shields.
Alves will be looking to rebound from his loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 this past March. Alves was in control most of that fight before being submitted late in the third round. He is also in the midst of a tough stretch of fights, only winning 2 of his past 5 fights since losing to UFC Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre at UFC 100 in July 2009.