Yoshihiro Akiyama

Yoshihiro Akiyama

Yoshihiro Akiyama will finally be making the move to welterweight following his loss at UFC 133 to Vitor Belfort.

The move has long been suggested because of Akiyama’s size, being one of the smaller middleweights in the UFC, and now the former Dream and K-1 fighter will be dropping down to 170lbs.

Akiyama made the announcement when speaking to Japanese site Sponchi.

Three straight losses put Akiyama in a tough position, and even UFC President Dana White admitted he wasn’t sure what his future would be following his latest loss.

“This one was a lot different than his other losses,” White said after Akiyama was knocked out by Belfort in the first round.

The move for Akiyama might earn the fighter at least one more chance in the Octagon, possibly on the upcoming UFC card set for Japan in February 2012. Akiyama stated he hoped to get a shot to fight on the Japan show, which is currently slated for Saitama Super Arena on Feb 26, 2012.

Akiyama also mentioned in the interview that he would like to take up training with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, to help him prepare for his 170lb debut.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Nick Diaz’s Suspension is Over; Will He Return to the UFC?

  • 26 days ago
  • 92 views

Nick Diaz's 18-month suspension has ended, making him eligible for a return to fighting for the first time since his UFC 183 headlining bout with Anderson Silva. read news >>

UFC: Does the Promotion Finally See What It Has in Cris Cyborg?

  • 24 days ago
  • 46 views

Never in the history of MMA has a promotion been so reluctant to accept a contracted fighter’s stardom as the UFC was to accept that of Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Obsessively selling the sport—both the m read news >>

UFC 202 Free Fight: Conor McGregor Takes Out Chad Mendes for Interim Title

  • 19 days ago
  • 114 views

Conor McGregor finally earned UFC gold when he defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 189 for the interim featherweight title. read news >>

Making Nate Diaz: Now a UFC megastar, Diaz took the hard road

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 views

It took Nate Diaz awhile to make it through the trenches of a stacked UFC lightweight roster, but the Stockton icon now stands as one of the biggest stars in MMA. Go back and read about Diaz's journe read news >>

Eddie Alvarez determined to make a difference as champ

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Eddie Alvarez is already giving back to the Philadelphia community as he hopes to inspire young people and others to strive for their dreams. Alvarez won the UFC lightweight title against Rafael Dos read news >>

Making Glover Teixeira: Urban legend to UFC star

  • 13 days ago
  • 8 views

Glover Teixeira was once an MMA urban legend. Now he finds himself in the co-main event at UFC 202 against Anthony Johnson on August 20. read news >>

Making Anthony Johnson: Humble Rumble

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 views

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is notorious for his fierce knockout power. He's also one of the most humble fighters in the sport and takes on Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 in the co-main event on August 20. read news >>

Diaz vs. McGregor 2: UFC 202 Odds, Predictions and Pre-Fight Twitter Hype

  • 8 days ago
  • 17 views

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will finally come face to face once again in one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history—a welterweight bout at UFC 202 on Saturday, August 20. Diaz shocked the read news >>

Moving with the Current: Nate Diaz Takes What's His Ahead of UFC 202

  • 8 days ago
  • 8 views

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Atop a short staircase on the quiet side of a doorway that shields out the July afternoon sun, Nate Diaz wades into a fast-moving current of his own making. Less than three weeks read news >>

UFC 202 Embedded, Episode 6: Diaz, McGregor, Weigh-ins, Cops and Fans… Oh My!

  • 7 days ago
  • 17 views

On Episode 6 of UFC 202 Embedded, it's finally weigh-in day, as the situation between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor remains on edge. read news >>