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UFC Booking Alert: Silva vs. Akiyama, Hamill vs. Jardine

Though it’s been in the works since late last year, a middleweight meeting between Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1, 1 no-contest) and Korean sex-symbol Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1, 2 no-contests) is finally going to happen at UFC 116 (July 3rd, Las Vegas), according to a new report from Fighters Only. The Axe Murderer has had a rocky road in the Octagon, but he’s 1-0 as a 185-pounder, thanks to his unanimous decision win over Michael Bisping at UFC 110. Akiyama hasn’t competed since his UFC debut at #100, where he scratched out a split-decision win against Alan Belcher. Akiyama hasn’t suffered an official defeat since his second MMA fight back in March 2005, when he was paired up against heavyweight kickboxer Jerome LeBanner and subsequently KTFO’d.

In other matchmaking news, MMA Junkie says that a light-heavyweight bout between Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine is slated for the TUF 11 finale (June 19th, Las Vegas). Jardine is coming off three straight losses against Quinton Jackson, Thiago Silva, and Ryan Bader, and another loss here would result in a guaranteed firing. Technically, Hamill is riding a three-fight win streak, though his last appearance — an absolute demolition at the hands of Jon Jones that ended in a controversial disqualification due to 12-to-6 elbows — certainly didn’t feel like a victory. So who will get their much-needed rebound?

Semi-related: Following his unanimous decision loss to Jason Brilz at UFC on Versus, Eric Schafer has been cut by the UFC.

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peanutbuttter- March 26, 2010 at 2:32 am
The best ones were rob, Portland and doggfunk. All right in a row. Got me laughin pretty good
ZombieRock- March 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Akiyama: "Guess what? One of us is drinking something that rhymes with 'date rape drug'."
geamma- March 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm
somewhere Sakuraba is drinking a beer, laughing...
BryanF- March 25, 2010 at 10:05 pm
Beauty VS the Beast!
"Will the Japanese male model finally tame the Brazilian axe-murderer and teach love?"
LastEmperor- March 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm
I bet wand can't wait to beat on some asians again.
montanamonster- March 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm
A big test for Sexyama after getting his as handed to him by Belcher. Wanderlei by straight brutality.
fatbellyfrank- March 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Hey Bens, T-shirts for dedflesh and EDoggfunkmonk, thats classic LOFL shit, well done gentlemen
EDoggFunkMonk- March 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Akiyama: I love me some Pearl Jam.
Reporter: What's your favorite song?
Akiyama: Song?

Akiyama stares at his man juice cocktail.
PortlandMMA- March 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Thanks a lot Clyde your comment made me crack up at the office, so now everyone either thinks I silently sharted or I am looking at shit online.
robthom- March 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Good fights.

Shoot, the Japanese might finally get their revenge in this one.

"Semi-related: Following his unanimous decision loss to Jason Brilz at UFC on Versus, Eric Schafer has been cut by the UFC."

I didn't even know they where in the UFC.

Art Gibs- March 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm
Who agrees that Hamill needs to go to MW? He's way too small for LHW.
TheArtof8Limbs- March 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

well done sir
ReX13- March 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm
agentsmith Says:
Thu, 03/25/2010 - 15:34
"After a hard workout, nothing satisfies like a cool, delicious Yop!"

Lucky you. My wife won't give me a Yop, not even on my birthday.
Clyde- March 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm
Sorry Wandy. I ain't got time to train to fight you. I'm too busy... being delicious.
Durden- March 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Bleh I didn't even want them to fight in the first place, I like them both so I'm just gonna hope for a devastating double-KO or judges with some chesthair to call a draw ;(
DEATH FROM ABOVE- March 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm
i love me some wandy, but this is the first fight in a while where im stuck in between. sexyama is amazing but i think wanderlei continues his undefeated streak against japanese fighters. WAR WAND!!!!!!!!
rlh61- March 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

That's the one! One-word caption for that photo...
Clinch-Smash- March 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm
ACTIVVVVVVIAAAAAAA, my wife eats that stuff and every time i see her eating it i say it, ACTIVVVVVIAAAAA. Drivers her crazy.
dedflesh- March 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm
tastes better than machidas piss with half the calories
rlh61- March 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Am I the only one that hears the 'Activia' jingle in the background? Jamie Lee Curtis is about to pull up a chair right next to him and start talkin' regularity...
AL_14- March 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Wanderlei forgot the code to unlock his door so he had to use his weights to break the window and get inside
Nut Puncher 9000- March 25, 2010 at 1:56 pm
Why isnt that picture of Akiyama a Caption contest?
Viva Hate- March 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm
It is amazing how people relax in two completely different ways
agentsmith- March 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm
That's either a bottle of Yop or Old Spice, I can't decide.
Unabomberman- March 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm
UFC 116: Beauty vs The Beast.

C'm on Dana, you know you wanna market it that way. Think of The Ladies tuning to watch this stuff!