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Video: Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Preview

(Video courtesy YouTube/UFC)

Call me crazy, but I’m more excited for the Akiyama-Silva fight than I am the main event on the July 3 UFC 116 card. The chances that someone’s getting knocked out quickly make the Lesnar-Carwin bout somewhat less appealing to me.

I don’t think I’ve ever not been pumped to see Wanderlei fight and Akiyama always puts on a good scrap. Neither fighter has a clear-cut advantage over the other and there likely won’t be any feeling out process as it isn’t either fighter’s style to be cautious, so this bout could very well have Fight of the Night honors in the bag.

I’m thinking Akiyama will try to prove something against Wanderlei, much like he did against guys like Melvin Manhoef,  Denis Kang and Alan Belcher and will stand up with him, but Silva isn’t so sure.

"I think he’s going to try to take me to the ground, for sure," Wanderlei said. For a guy to stand with me, he’s got to have balls."

Akiyama didn’t say much about where he sees the fight going, just that he needs to win to reinvigorate Asian MMA, possibly in reference to the losses of Shinya Aoki and Hayato Sakurai in their recent matches against Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz.

"I know Wanderlei Silva is aggressive today as he was as a PRIDE champion," Sexiyama asserted. "A victory over Wanderlei will ignite the martial arts world in Asia and I will become a recognizable fighter in the UFC."

According to UFC president Dana White, the pairing of the two highly-touted middleweights was no accident.

"Not only did Akiyama ask for Wanderlei — he was willing to sit out until he was available."

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fatbellyfrank- June 23, 2010 at 1:02 am
@ Ballkick, cuppla quick tips for ya buddy, try and avoid words like quaint, next time someone razzes ya, tell em yer gonna jam a large object up their ass and to STFU. or stomp a mudhole in their ass and walk it dry if they dont STFU, or threaten to buttfuck em or slam their nuts in a car door.
Hope this assists in some small way with the assimilation process
and welcome to CP
fatbellyfrank- June 23, 2010 at 12:54 am
Cant wait for Sexyama v'v Leben, should be a ball buster
Paradigm- June 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm
really sucks that Wandy got hurt...ive been looking forward to this fight for a long time

EDIT: that was quick...Leben is pretty ballsy for stepping up after fighting 3 days ago
glassjawsh- June 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm
@ vbum - saying wanderlei is boring is like saying michael bay movies don't have enough explosions. now kill yourself as penance!
Viva Hate- June 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Well no longer a need for this article, the fight is off, Wanderlei is out injured.
BONGTAR- June 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm
yes rex, you are.
Ballkick- June 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm
I personally liked the South Park reference myself, nice!
I see how this forum works on the new person,....quaint.

"The Incredible Mr. Limpert?"
El Famous Burrito, must have terrible taste in films to reference such an old shitty kids movie. (I had no idea what the fuck you were talking about)

Carwin will finally put an end to Cock's run in the UFC Heavy-weight division and hopefully Brock will not be able to afford slaughtering deer in our country,.....and bitch about his free hospitalization while he's here. The doctors in Manitoba should have euthanized him and done us all a favor.
He is the worst thing to happen to the UFC since Ken Shamrock,.. I pray hes not around as long as Frank was.

MoTropolis- June 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm
*golf clap*
justscrappin- June 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I'm still going to do it 2da....Wandy used to look like some sort of bulbous...doughy faced cromagnon freak. It's like the surgeons had a generic clump of clay..and they sculpted something more defined and recognizable out of it. The creepiest thing? That Wandy still looks nothing like what he originally did when he was like 19-25. The worst part? HE DID IT FOR YOU, YOU FUCKING SICK FUCK. THIS MAN LET HIMSELF BE MUTILATED FOR YOUR PLEASURE. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR POUND OF FLESH? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Does it not make you a little squeamish that this guy doesn't mind having his face destroyed to make you happy? That is why everyone of us have to be a Wanderlei Silva fan. (gets off soapbox.)
El Famous Burrito- June 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm
Maybe ballkick is The Incredible Mr. Limpet.

MoTropolis- June 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm
I bet when you go for plastic surgery in brazil, and you show them pictures of what you want to look like afterwards, the doctor always says the same thing..."Yes, yes, very nice, but maybe we go with this face...", and points to a picture of darkman without the bandages. Or maybe its just karma paying back Wandy and Cyborg for all the unwanted facial reconstructions they are responsible for.
MoTropolis- June 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Namor??!?!?!?! Best random comic book reference you're gonna see all week people, so soak it up! My balls are burning with envy that I didnt think of that and went with the obvious choice.
cecils_pupils- June 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm
@DazedNConfused... sucks that the timing of your anniversary coincides with this epic event. She will get over it, though... they always do. Tell her you'll watch 2 chick flicks in return, just don't agree to go shopping - stay strong homie!
ReX13- June 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Maybe ballkick is Namor the Sub-Mariner.
MoTropolis- June 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Or maybe the Navy was in him...HEy O!
MoTropolis- June 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Maybe ball kick is aquaman.
ReX13- June 22, 2010 at 11:48 am
Rayce. Says:

"ball kick you sure know an awful lot about seaman"

Maybe he was in the Navy?
Rayce.- June 22, 2010 at 11:43 am
ball kick you sure know an awful lot about seaman....... coincidence ....... not for me to say.... but Brock totally suck deer dick. This i know to be true in my heart of hearts.
Ballkick- June 22, 2010 at 11:30 am
Cock Lesnar on his health issues.......
"What got me here was a total protein diet, not enough fiber,"
"I'm a carnivore, you know?" Lesnar said. "I'm not a big fan of PETA. I'm a member of the NRA and whatever I kill, I eat.

Breakdown of compounds found in Cervidae aka (Deer & Elk) Sperm...

150 mg. protein
11 mg. carbohydrates
6 mg. fat.
3 mg. cholesterol
7% US RDA potassium
3% US RDA copper
3% US RDA zinc
300 million spermatoza

Notice,.... no fiber!........coincidence?........not for me to say.
Elentius- June 22, 2010 at 11:26 am
Wandy by KO faster than Carwin knocks out Cock Chestnar.
cecils_pupils- June 22, 2010 at 11:23 am
Twenty works fine... just don't over extend yourself and bet everybody twenty each... as long as I get mine first I won't mind. (crickets chirping?... yep).
DazedNConfused- June 22, 2010 at 11:17 am
Very exciting card. Its me and my girls 2 years on July 3rd. I just told her yest that im watching the fights. No pussy for a couple days, but it is worth it haha.
El Guapo- June 22, 2010 at 11:16 am
Wandy belongs in the House of Wax. He just has that melty look to him..
El Guapo- June 22, 2010 at 11:13 am
A dub? Let's make it twenty instead! (SILENCE)

Unless that's too rich for your blood?(MORE SILENCE)

cecils_pupils- June 22, 2010 at 11:10 am
@El Guapo - I'm here, buddy. Still down for a dub?