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February 24, 2009

Akiyama to the UFC

Filed under: Uncategorized — kneebar @ 10:51 pm

Glorious News

This is huge news for the UFC.  Akiyama is capable, has a good look, and is going to be helpful in the UFC’s march to Asia.  He’s a real shot in the arm of the middleweight division (could he cut to welterweight?).   The potential matchups are wonderful, Okami, Marquardt, Hendo, Maia, etc.  Of course when he debuts this summer I believe he’s going to fight someone like an Alan Belcher, Chael Sonnen, or Dan Miller.  I wouldn’t mind a rematch with Denis Kang.

On the flip side of the coin, this is more bad news for Japan.  Combined with the departures of Caol Uno, Kang, etc. to U.S. promotions like StrikeForce and the UFC, damage to Dream and Sengoku could be irreversible.  MMA needs Japan for the  legends and hilarious characters that have come out of the scene there.

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