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UFC Booking Alert: Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne

(Not pictured: Stefan Struve’s cover for ‘Tall-Ass Honkey Weekly’.)

No, Yoshhiro Akiyama will not be taking on a convicted white-collar criminal in his next appearance. ESPN reports that Akiyama will instead face off against Nate Marquardt at UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans, March 19th in Newark. The Japanese middleweight star is coming off two consecutive losses against Chris Leben (humiliating!) and Michael Bisping (slightly less humiliating, but still!), and likely needs a victory to keep his contract. Marquardt is coming off his own underwhelming loss against Yushin Okami at UFC 122, but will certainly be the favorite in this matchup.

Speaking of notable bookings, heavyweight contender Stefan Struve — who has slugged his way to back-to-back wins over Christian Morecraft and Sean McCorkle — has drawn another rising prospect for his next outing. According to MMAJunkie, Struve will return at UFC 130 (May 28th, Las Vegas) against undefeated Travis Browne, who just suffered through a foul-filled draw against Cheick Kongo at UFC 120. The only other match reported for UFC 130 at this point is Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story.

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Peetee- January 8, 2011 at 2:11 am
Looks like there is only two types of magazines aimed at men, porn and gay porn...
The Cunning Stunt- January 7, 2011 at 10:55 am
So let's get this straight,

Akiyama got smashed by Bisping and his next opponent is a step-up in competition by fighting a guy who just lost in a number 1 contender match-up and Bisping has a major step down in competition for his next opponent fighting Jorge 'the can crusher' Rivera who KO'd an over the hill Quarry and lost to a Kampmann who is now struggling as a welterweight?

Yeah, that makes perfect sense.
Bob Reilly- January 7, 2011 at 9:09 am
"UFC's Nate Marquardt. He'll demolish any guy out there!" Lol.
Nintendong- January 7, 2011 at 8:12 am
That caption is pure awesome.
DangadaDang- January 7, 2011 at 8:05 am
If Marquardt loses this one, than he's moved on from big fight choker to just a choker in general
PortlandMMA- January 7, 2011 at 7:56 am
They might as well sign the fight of the night check to Thiago Alves and Rick Story already, that fight is going to be awesome.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 7, 2011 at 7:50 am
There's a straight version of Maxim?

And Marquardt wins by shitstomping once Akiyama gasses (2 minutes into RD 1)
Smitty- January 7, 2011 at 7:16 am
I used to love me some Nate, but every since he lost to Sonnen and Okami, I'm startin not to believe. I think he'll beat sexyama, but I thought he'd beat Sonnen and Okami too.
TheWarsawExpress- January 7, 2011 at 6:53 am
Leben gets knocked out and all of a sudden loosing to him is humiliating.
MyDonkeyPunch- January 7, 2011 at 6:49 am
Japan must have a gay version of Maxim.
RearNakedSpoon- January 7, 2011 at 6:48 am
"Thanks for reading and on a related topic, look out for our next edition of "And now he's fired:" with special guests Yoshihiro Akiyama and Travis Browne.

You stay classy San Diego."
destinationblood- January 7, 2011 at 6:39 am
akiyama gets smashed
Merlin- January 7, 2011 at 6:39 am
Good match up, but Sexiyama IS getting fired soon.
Maybe Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim will be the 1st dink that helps the UFC capture the Asian market ... but is he sexy enough?
My gaydar says not!
woo- January 7, 2011 at 6:36 am
Dammit, I just got caught looking. (No, not at Sexyama's fupa... ok maybe.)
LOKI- January 7, 2011 at 6:19 am
Meh. Nate wins UD, UD's Bisping, chokes against un-named 3rd apponet thereby eliminating contenders while not really achieving anything. Go Team Jackson!