Yoshihiro Akiyama meets Jake Shields at UFC 144 in Japan

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emfleek
11/14/11 12:53:59PM
Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama will have plenty of support from his home country fans on February 26th, when he makes his welterweight debut in UFC 144 action against 170-pound contender Jake Shields at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

"Verbal agreements are in for a welterweight matchup in Tokyo, Japan between former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields and Asian superstar 'Sexyama' Yoshihiro Akiyama February 26th," said UFC President Dana White.

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Budgellism
11/14/11 1:01:59PM
Beat me to it. It's a good fight but that's not what I wanted to see from either fighter. Shields belongs at MW and Akiyama should fight Dan Hardy . At least IMO.
DeadHead988
11/14/11 1:06:17PM
Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?
FastKnockout
11/14/11 1:07:18PM
Yeah, can't say I'm excited but it could be a decent scrap.
icantthinkofanything
11/14/11 1:16:02PM
This will be determined by the weight cut of both, i agree that this is a hard fight 4 Akiyama, Dan Hardy would be an easier opponent. Akiyama may have better ko power at 170, and has never been taken down. If he gets tired Jake will submit him quick i see jake handling the cut because he has done it now, but he would be good at mw too.
Twenty20Dollars
11/14/11 1:20:21PM
Meh.

Hope Akiyama wins.

Sexiyama back in Japan.
Manak
11/14/11 1:23:30PM

Posted by Budgellism

Beat me to it. It's a good fight but that's not what I wanted to see from either fighter. Shields belongs at MW and Akiyama should fight Dan Hardy . At least IMO.



yea dont know y shields doesnt go back up to MW. his body just cant handle the weight cut.
hashyandy4
11/14/11 1:53:40PM
I think Shields takes this. Kinda strange match up
ncordless
11/14/11 1:57:54PM
I can never tell if Joe Silva just seriously overvalues Akiyama, or hates him very much and loves to see him lose.

Poor_Franklin
11/14/11 1:59:47PM
does the loser of this fight have to go back to MW?
emfleek
11/14/11 2:18:09PM



posted by @MMAjunkieDann on Twitter

So which UFC exec's wife slept with Sexyama? Dude can catch an easy UFC fight if his life depended on it.



So true.
Geoffo
11/14/11 3:20:16PM
God damn, give Akiyama an easy fight for once.
Shields is gonna smash him on the ground.
State_Champ
11/14/11 3:25:16PM

Posted by DeadHead988

Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?



Seriously!

Poor Akiyama has not gotten a "build-up fight" since he entered the octagon.
He's fought Belcher, Leben, Bisping, Belfort, and now he gets Shields.

Tough schedule.

Hopefully Akiyama will put a hurtin on Shields.
ncordless
11/14/11 3:38:41PM

Posted by State_Champ


Posted by DeadHead988

Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?



Seriously!

Poor Akiyama has not gotten a "build-up fight" since he entered the octagon.
He's fought Belcher, Leben, Bisping, Belfort, and now he gets Shields.

Tough schedule.

Hopefully Akiyama will put a hurtin on Shields.



They also matched him up against Marquardt.
Chael_Sonnen
11/14/11 4:08:17PM

Posted by State_Champ


Posted by DeadHead988

Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?



Seriously!

Poor Akiyama has not gotten a "build-up fight" since he entered the octagon.
He's fought Belcher, Leben, Bisping, Belfort, and now he gets Shields.

Tough schedule.

Hopefully Akiyama will put a hurtin on Shields.



The brutal weight cut will be Sexy's greater opponent.
Bubbles
11/14/11 4:15:33PM
i see a Shields sub within 2 rounds
prozacnation1978
11/14/11 4:42:12PM
hate to say it but loser leaves town match.
I do see jake winning this fight.
Great card so far
Pookie
11/14/11 5:37:07PM
Shields has pretty crappy takedowns, and Akiyama has very good takedown defense.

Hilariously enough, this might just be a fight Akiyama can win. On the feet it should be completely one-sided.
warglory
11/14/11 7:53:00PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

hate to say it but loser leaves town match.
I do see jake winning this fight.
Great card so far



No way they cut Jake Shields after two fights.
shaneTpain
11/14/11 8:07:17PM
Why is Joe Silva so jealous of Sexyama's sexiness?

I dont wanna see him get fired
Manak
11/14/11 9:47:29PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by State_Champ


Posted by DeadHead988

Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?



Seriously!

Poor Akiyama has not gotten a "build-up fight" since he entered the octagon.
He's fought Belcher, Leben, Bisping, Belfort, and now he gets Shields.

Tough schedule.

Hopefully Akiyama will put a hurtin on Shields.



The brutal weight cut will be Sexy's greater opponent.



or he'll be that much more sexy causing shields to forfeit due to erotic thoughts of an opponent...
KungFuMaster
11/15/11 12:30:39AM

Posted by DeadHead988

Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?



I agree. This is a fight Akiyama is not suppose to win - at least on paper it says that...
hashyandy4
11/15/11 1:24:02AM

Posted by warglory


Posted by prozacnation1978

hate to say it but loser leaves town match.
I do see jake winning this fight.
Great card so far



No way they cut Jake Shields after two fights.



Sexy would be Shields 4th fight in the UFC. He beat Kampmann by SD, Lost to GSP and Ellenberger. so if he did lose it would be his 3rd loss in a row. That being said i think Jake takes this.
airkerma
11/15/11 9:25:18AM

Posted by Manak


Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by State_Champ


Posted by DeadHead988

Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?



Seriously!

Poor Akiyama has not gotten a "build-up fight" since he entered the octagon.
He's fought Belcher, Leben, Bisping, Belfort, and now he gets Shields.

Tough schedule.

Hopefully Akiyama will put a hurtin on Shields.



The brutal weight cut will be Sexy's greater opponent.



or he'll be that much more sexy causing shields to forfeit due to erotic thoughts of an opponent...


This is actually the logic I was using when putting the house on Akiyama
Boo_Radley21
11/15/11 2:27:23PM
I see a decision win for Shields..bad matchup for a first fight at 170
40ouncetpkid
11/15/11 6:22:28PM
Better fight for akiyama imo. Jake cant outstrike him and shields has looked terrible back at welterweight. If akyiama can box and use his judo to keep it up hell knock Jake out. Both will be tired in the third. So thats what i like too. I feel this is akiyamas too win as long as he trains hard.
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