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A long-rumored middleweight fight between Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set for UFC 116.

Fighters Only magazine confirmed the match-up earlier today, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently verified the fight is signed with sources close to the situation.

The fight was originally rumored for UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Although not officially announced by the promotion, UFC 116 is expected to take place July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is penciled in as a headliner of the event, though his opponent is not yet confirmed.

Silva, 33, is fresh off a triumphant return to the win column in his most recent performance, a unanimous-decision victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 110 in February.

Up until that point, Silva had faced questions of his long-term viability when he went 1-3 inside the octagon, including a knockout loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 92 and a decision slide to Rich Franklin at UFC 99. After a seven-year absence from the UFC, "The Axe Murderer" made his return to the promotion in December 2007 with a unanimous decision loss to Chuck Liddell in a fight considered to be among the year's best.

Silva was originally scheduled to face Akiyama at UFC 110, but the promotion felt Bisping would draw better in the Australian event and put the Japanese star on the shelf.

The UFC 110 fight was Silva's first since undergoing surgery to repair tissue damage to his nose and face.

Silva's five-year undefeated streak in the now-defunct PRIDE organization is a feat that has yet to be replicated in a major promotion, though his former teammate, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, is fast approaching a spotless four-year streak.

Akiyama has been inactive since his UFC debut this past July at the banner UFC 100, where he defeated Alan Belcher in an action-packed, yet controversial split decision.

In an interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in February, Akiyama said he was disappointed about the canceled fight with Silva and hoped to face him in the future. Sources close to the situation said the fight was being readied for UFC 115 in the event that Silva defeated Bisping and was uninjured after the Australian event. UFC president Dana White later confirmed the matchup was a likelihood for a summer event.

Akiyama has not technically lost a fight since March 2005, though two of his most high-profile encounters – against Kazushi Sakuraba at K-1 Dynamite!! 2006 and Kazuo Misaki at Yarennoka! – resulted in controversial "no contest" results.

The position of Silva vs. Akiyama on the evening's fight card is unknown at this time, but given the popularity of both fighters, a co-main event billing is likely.
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I love both fighters and I still wish Sexyama would drop to WW but beyond that I just wish he would fight more- it's been way too long since the Belcher fight.

I can't root against either fighter. :(
 

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Sexyama is going to brutally KO Wandy. He can't handle powerful strikers anymore.
 

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I love both fighters and I still wish Sexyama would drop to WW but beyond that I just wish he would fight more- it's been way too long since the Belcher fight.

I can't root against either fighter. :(
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Well said! Its hard to root for ether fighter, and i wish Sexyama would go to WW too! He would have nasty KO power there!

But i guess in the end of the day, ill be cheering for Wandy to pull off the KO!

WAR WANDY!
 

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Wand is gonna knock the gayness out of Akiyama. And Axe Murder fans across the globe will celebrate.
 

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Weeeee this is a great fight :thumb02: can't wait^^

I'm a huge Akiyama fan and I am sure he will take this one!
 

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Sexyama is going to brutally KO Wandy. He can't handle powerful strikers anymore.

Sexy fought Belcher last time and didnt look that convining doing it, Wandy isnt Alan Belcher......

I think Sexy has more on his hands and by no means will he walk through Wandy....
 

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Get Cain vs JDS sorted for this event too, and we've got a heck of an event on the way. This is going to be an awesome fight. Wandy should now be far more used to cutting weight, so he should be even closer to 100% as far as his cardio goes for this one, but Sexyama provides a serious challenge to him. I can't wait.
 

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Sexy fought Belcher last time and didnt look that convining doing it, Wandy isnt Alan Belcher......

I think Sexy has more on his hands and by no means will he walk through Wandy....

Yeah Agreed, i knew Wandy was good on the ground being a Black Belt in all, but DAMN did his ground look beautiful against Bisping!

I dont see Sexyama doing anything to his ground game, and Wandy jumping right back up IF Aki can even take him down...

I have to say its a KO/TKO Wandy, i cant wait for this fight
 

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This will most likely be a stand up war for the full 15 min! I don't see how this fight would be more then 1,2 min on the ground. Akiyama will probably score some Judo Takedowns but won't do to much on the ground after that. I believe he got the striking advantage and will pick Wandy apart.

Sexy by decision!
 

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This will most likely be a stand up war for the full 15 min! I don't see how this fight would be more then 1,2 min on the ground. Akiyama will probably score some Judo Takedowns but won't do to much on the ground after that. I believe he got the striking advantage and will pick Wandy apart.

Sexy by decision!

Bobby Boy u going against Wandy?!?!

Im all for Sexyama but i always saw u as a Wandy fan...

Wandy by KO! WAR WANDY~!!!!
 

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Bobby Boy u going against Wandy?!?!

Im all for Sexyama but i always saw u as a Wandy fan...

Wandy by KO! WAR WANDY~!!!!
No I never was a Wandy fan to be honest MK :dunno: I don't really like this kind of fight style!

I'm definitely on the Sexy wagon here^^
 

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Akiyama got iron chin and i don't see Wandy doing anything to him at 185 . i think Sexy will catch him with bomb in the 1st and put him to sleep .
 

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No I never was a Wandy fan to be honest MK :dunno: I don't really like this kind of fight style!

I'm definitely on the Sexy wagon here^^

WOW first time i heard someone say they didnt like Wandy's fighting style :eek:
 

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WOW first time i heard someone say they didnt like Wandy's fighting style :eek:
Look at my and your sig^^ those are the kind of styles I love to watch, even though Lyoto's is something very unique and one reason why I love him so much! I like the guys who fight smart and who try to avoid every little damage, who exploit every little error on the opponents part. Guys who think miles ahead at ones.

Guys who just go in there and bang don't do it for me!
 
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