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Old 04-22-2011, 12:04 AM   #31 (permalink)
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* For the record, Bisping has already beaten one of these guys, and he would beat the other.

The former true, the latter laughably untrue.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:17 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I can see Yoshihiro Akiyama unemployed after this fight.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:39 AM   #33 (permalink)
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...I'm a legend fan for Vitor but no way am I counting out Akiyama. He has a proven iron chin with legit KO power. His fight with Leben (even though he lost) proved a lot. He ate multiple Leben left hooks that have flatlined many fighters. I want Vitor to win badly but Akiyama will be a huge test. Vitor would need one of his classic flurries to hurt or finish Yoshihiro. This fight has explosive written all over it. Great match-up...

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Old 04-22-2011, 02:45 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I'd still give Akiyama a chance, but if he loses he's gone.
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I was hoping Akiyama would drop to 170 or 155.

Guess the UFC is feeding him to the sharks.

Time to train front kick with Steven Seagal and work that judo!
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Damn. Unlucky for Vitor as well he really wanted to fight at UFC Rio. He said it was his dream.

Either way, Vitor by KO.
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Is Vitor really as good as everyone is making out?

With the utmost respect for Vitor i think the only legit top level fighter he has beaten in the past 5 years is Franklin, after beating Couture at UFC 46 (Jan-2004) he went 2-5 and then dropped to Cage Rage where he found some decent form again.

I do rate Vitor as a fighter but think his title shot was definitely earned easily and he proved he was not ready for Anderson Silva, I'm not saying i expect Akiyama to win this fight - but i expect it to be very close, and possibly more winnable for Akiyama than his last 3.
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Is Vitor really as good as everyone is making out?

With the utmost respect for Vitor i think the only legit top level fighter he has beaten in the past 5 years is Franklin, after beating Couture at UFC 46 (Jan-2004) he went 2-5 and then dropped to Cage Rage where he found some decent form again.

I do rate Vitor as a fighter but think his title shot was definitely earned easily and he proved he was not ready for Anderson Silva, I'm not saying i expect Akiyama to win this fight - but i expect it to be very close, and possibly more winnable for Akiyama than his last 3.
I agree! It's not even such a bad matchup for Akiyama.. but if he again chooses to stand and bang, then he should go down or lose a decision.
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Is it just me or does anyone else see Vitor being alot bigger than Akiyama? I mean Vitor used to fight as a HW right, and Akiyama is best suited for 170.
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I don't understand why everyone is saying 'the ufc hates akiyma' or stuff like that. He's fought Belcher, Bisping and Leben - sure their tough guys, but none of them are top 5 guys or anything, everyone talks as if he's fought A.Silva, Marquardt, Okami and Maia or something.

However, Belfort is the toughest of the lot, and a really bad style match up for him. I fear he'll have lost 3 on the trot after this one.
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