A welterweight matchup between Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and Kyle Noke (20-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is in the works for UFC’s return to Japan. A Sherdog.com report of an Akiyama vs. Noke booking cited a UFC-produced promotional video of the matchup for the card. (...) more
Could this be "Sexyama's" swan song?
Yoshihiro Akiyama is expected to make his sexy return to the Octagon against Kyle Noke at the UFC Fight Night 52: "Hunt vs. Nelson" mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Fight Pass, which is scheduled for Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 20, 2014.
MMA Junkie confirmed the bout was under consideration; however, nothing is finalized at this time.
Akiyama (13-5, 2 NC) hasn't competed since a unanimous decision loss to Jake Shields at UFC 144, which to more
Yoshihiro Akiyama will look to put four straight losses behind him when he returns to the Octagon against Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Nelson.” more
"Skyscraper" also believes he can be competitive against the Top 5-ranked heavyweights under the UFC banner, and win a couple of fights against them, too.
Now that Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen's drug test issues are done taking the spotlight away from people who are actually competing at UFC 175, fans can focus on the actual fights set to go down on July 5, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While the attention now shifts to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middlewei more
UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey plans to take a break from fighting following her UFC 175 bout against Alexis Davis on July 5. more
Three of the biggest stars from the heyday of Japanese mixed martial arts, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Takanori Gomi and Kid Yamamoto, will return on UFC's Sept. 20 show at the Saitama Super Arena. For Akiyama and Yamamoto, it will be their first fight in more than two years. Three of the biggest stars in Japanese mixed martial arts history will return for UFC's Sept. 20 show at the Saitama Super Arena in what is scheduled to be the most star-loaded show to date on Fight Pass.Takanori Gomi (35-9, 1 no co more
September’s return to Japan, UFC Fight Night 52, will feature some local talent, officials today announced.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more
Since they're all in the twilight of their careers, it seemed natural for the UFC to add Takanori Gomi, Norafumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Yoshihiro Akiyama to the UFC Fight Night 52 card in September in Japan, according to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting.
Although none of the three men have flourished since joining the UFC, the company's brass must assume that if anything's going to motivate them, it'll be the UFC's first trip to Japan since UFC on Fuel TV 8.
Of the three, only Gomi fought on the UFC on more
The UFC wrapped up another marathon day this weekend.
On Saturday, UFC Fight Night 43 was held in Auckland, New Zealand and UFC Fight Night 44 was hosted by San Antonio. The UFC Fight Night 43 card wrapped up with a Nate Marquardt submission win over New Zealand's own James Te Huna. Later, Cub Swanson ended UFC Fight Night 44 with a decision victory over Jeremy Stephens.
While both men picked up a win in main events, Swanson and Marquardt are in very different positions. Swanson is closing in on more