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Yoshihiro Akiyama meets Jake Shields at UFC 144 in Japan

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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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Post #1   11/14/11 12:53:59PM   

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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.

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Lol why does Joe Silva hate Aakiyama so much?

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Yeah, can't say I'm excited but it could be a decent scrap.

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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.

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Meh.

Hope Akiyama wins.

Sexiyama back in Japan.

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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.

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I think Shields takes this. Kinda strange match up

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I can never tell if Joe Silva just seriously overvalues Akiyama, or hates him very much and loves to see him lose.

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does the loser of this fight have to go back to MW?

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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.

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God damn, give Akiyama an easy fight for once.
Shields is gonna smash him on the ground.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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