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Despite Four-Fight Losing Streak, Yoshihiro Akiyama to Return Against Thiago Alves at UFC 149

(Sure, he may look strange to us, but that sort of thing is totally normal where he’s from.)

Somebody up there must like Yoshihiro Akiyama. Though the master judoka/crooner has been defeated in his last four outings — most recently dropping a decision to Jake Shields at UFC 144 — he’ll be getting another chance against Thiago Alves at UFC 149 (July 21st, Calgary). Bizarrely, describes the welterweight bout as “a matchup between ground specialists who love to stand and trade.” That’s certainly an apt description of Sexyama, but Alves is more of “a standup specialist who should really stop diving into guillotine chokes.”

Alves’s loss to Martin Kampmann last month dropped his record over the last three years to a disappointing 2-4, with his only wins coming against Papy Abedi and John Howard, so he needs this win almost as much as his opponent does. If Akiyama loses, he’ll become just the second fighter in UFC history (after Steve Cantwell) to suffer five consecutive losses within the promotion. Anybody think he has a chance of breaking his streak?

Check out the current lineup of UFC 149 after the jump…

Jose Aldo vs. TBA (for featherweight title)
Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (WW)
George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho (FW)
Nick Ring vs. Court McGee (MW)
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon (BW)
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen (LW)

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linzhanaz- April 12, 2012 at 10:32 am . . . .
xxxrayrayray- April 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

(R4, NZ, OZ, TL1, TL2, TL3) $33
xxxrayrayray- April 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm
UFCFightBlogger- April 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm
I feel really bad for Akiyama having to fight an angry Thiago Alves. If Akiyama suffers another loss, I think thats it for him. 5 losses in a row is just too much for the UFC--even with his Asian fans.

Check out this article about Akiyama
linzhanay- April 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm . .. . . . . . .
Alan K- April 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm
macreadysshack- April 11, 2012 at 10:36 am
Is Akiyama blowing Joe Silva and/or one or both of the Fertittas? Seriously, he belongs in Japan for awhile. I don't think I've seen anybody as unimpressive as him get so many breaks since . . . Stephan Bonnar or Tito Ortiz and both of those guys had good secondary reasons for getting some free passes (Fo' Grif vs Bonnar/ Tito's (absolutely unexplainable - to me) PPV draw)
macreadysshack- April 11, 2012 at 10:29 am
I'll watch this if Jose Aldo fights Thiago Alves.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2012 at 10:00 am
Yeah, pretty weak card overall. Nobody really interesting lined up for Aldo. And who did Nick Ring have to blow to get another fight after that embarrassing loss to Tim Boetsch?
Fletch the V Stretch- April 11, 2012 at 9:16 am
Even to us diehards the card looks pretty weak...
The12ozCurls- April 11, 2012 at 9:10 am
The UFC 149 card better get another marquee fight because other than us die hards who know who these guys are, I assume the line-up looks pretty soft to the average fan.
Sloppyspray- April 11, 2012 at 8:31 am
@Fletch - Agreed, but there are a lot of other fighters who would have also lost 4 in a row if they fought the guys he has, but noone talks about them b/c they are given fights at their level. I think after his fight with Belcher everyone realized that Akiyama was not the caliber of fighter that we thought he was. I could see giving him another tough fight to see if it was octagon jitters, but after that knock him down a couple notches and let him fight the guys that the other irrelevant (in the sense of possibly winning a title) fighters fight.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 11, 2012 at 8:49 am
No doubt. Agreed.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 11, 2012 at 7:34 am
While it is true Akyama has never had an easy fight in the UFC, it is also true that it is apparent he is by no means relevant in either weight class. I fully expect Alves to smash him.
Sopapo- April 11, 2012 at 7:28 am
All right, WTF why does Akiyama get to fight top ten guys when loosing? are they paying him too much so they match him with the toughest guys that arguably make sense? Why would he get to fight Bisping after loosing to Leben and then after loosing that fight he gets matched up with VITOR and then with Jake Shields... that didnt make sense and now a even tougher fight against Alves....
match him with a up and coming fighters let him get 3 ko victors and he can be the co main event of any ufc show anywhere.
macreadysshack- April 11, 2012 at 10:31 am
One word: Sexy.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- April 11, 2012 at 7:19 am
I'm going to cry with any outcome of this fight.
Sloppyspray- April 11, 2012 at 7:04 am
Sloppyspray- April 11, 2012 at 7:03 am
Sucks, I like both these guys, no winner here. I kinda feel bad for Sexyama, he hasn't had a single easy fight while in the UFC. I mean his easy fight was probably Leben, who was actually looking pretty good at the time.
@Busted_Cranium - Yes, yes u are. I'm actually cringing at the fact that you cringe when a man refers to him as Sexyama.
busted_cranium- April 11, 2012 at 6:25 am
Am I the only one who cringes when a man uses the word "Sexyama?"
Dojojoe- April 11, 2012 at 6:23 am
Poor Sexyama can't catch a break.