Posted by fullerene
The question in my mind for any overseas fighter, regardless of accomplishments, is how will they do against a big, weight-cutting wrestler with a well-rounded game. Those are the guys that make up the largest pool of contenders in the UFC but they are not as common in the non-US parts of the MMA world. I can't really say how Akiyama would do until I saw him in there, but Akiyama is a very good fighter who's taken on some much bigger fighters in his career. I think his chances are pretty good to make the adjustment and be a contender.
Posted by tepid55
I think Akiyama would be a very tough fight for Anderson Silva.