This Saturday in London, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping will get home-court advantage in his headlining fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama. Bisping is coming off a decision win against Dan Miller at UFC 114, while Akiyama will try to rebound from his submission loss to Chris Leben. Of course, you can’t always predict a fight’s outcome just by looking at recent performances. So let’s go to the stats and see if we can figure this sum’bitch out…
PERFORMANCE AGAINST COMMON OPPONENTS
Bisping: Defeated Denis Kang via TKO R2, defeated Chris Leben via unanimous decision
Akiyama: Defeated Denis Kang via KO R1, lost to Chris Leben by submission (triangle choke) R3
Bisping: Wolfslair MMA
Akiyama: Jackson’s Submission Fighting
Bisping: 73% (16 stoppage wins in 22 career fights)
Akiyama: 80% (12 stoppage wins in 15 career fights, not including his two no-contests against Kazushi Sakuraba and Kazuo Misaki)
PREVIOUS TITLES HELD
Bisping: Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion, FX3 Light Heavyweight Champion, TUF 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner, "Coolest British Man of the Year"; plus, and he really is a "Count," descended from Polish nobility.
Akiyama: K-1 HERO’s Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner, gold medalist in judo at the 2001 Asian Championships and 2002 Asian Games
Advantage: Bisping, due to quantity
Bisping: Getting knocked dead by Dan Henderson at UFC 100
Akiyama: Getting knocked dead by Jerome Le Banner at K-1 Hero’s 1
Final score: Michael Bisping comes out on top, 7-5-2. According to our calculations, that means he’ll win a unanimous decision in a fight settled primarily on the feet. If you see it differently, let us know in the comments section — but your opinion (like ours) must be backed by science.