Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Likely Headed to UFC 149 in Calgary

April 10, 2012
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Two battled tested welterweights are set to square off at UFC 149 as Thiago ‘Pitbull’ Alves is slated to face Yoshihiro Akiyama on the Calgary card.

Sources close to the match-up confirmed the bout with MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. MMAFighting.com first reported the fight.

Former title challenger Thiago Alves has been looking for consistency in his performances ever since a 2009 loss to Georges St-Pierre with the UFC welterweight belt on the line.

Over his last five fights, Alves has gone 2-3 and most recently suffered a tough defeat to Martin Kampmann in a bout he was winning on the scorecards, until he got caught in a late guillotine choke from his Danish opponent.

Now Alves will look to avoid multiple losses in a row as he faces a welterweight that has to be fighting to keep his job in the UFC.

Yoshihiro Akiyama will enter UFC 149 on the rare four fight losing streak, and almost certainly has to look at his fight against Thiago Alves as ‘win or go home’.

The former 185lb fighter finally dropped down to welterweight for his last bout against Jake Shields at UFC 144 in Japan, but lost a unanimous decision, dropping his record to just 1-4 in the UFC.

Now the former Dream and K-1 fighter desperately needs a win as he faces Alves at UFC 149 in Calgary.


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Good fight. I like Alves in this one.

  • Towers66

    I am a fan of Akiyama fights, but 4 in a row…Alves can’t get much of a confidence booster by fighting a guy on a 4 fight skid. Even if he wins.

    • collideoverme

      I love all of Akiyama’s fights except the one he had with Shields. He just didn’t throw any punches and still wasn’t losing imo. But…I like this fight, mainly because I can’t stand Alves.

  • zap

    Snore

  • Triggerman99

    So how many more fights does Akiyama have to lose before he gets released? 2? 3? 14?

  • ardog

    Akiyama pulls ppv buys, that is why he is still there, same with Hardy…

    • collideoverme

      Yup.

  • pooby

    Nobody fails forward like Sexyama. This dude keeps losing… and just keeps getting main card fights against top contenders.

    Akiyama seems like a nice guy, but I hope he loses bad to Alves and the UFC finally drops him, or at least sticks him on the undercard against some B-level competition.

  • pauly12

    How about Dan Hardy vs. Akiyama in a “this is your very,very,last chance’ match-up?

    • collideoverme

      That will be the next fight, lol!

  • mmachoman

    It’s weird how when you look at Alves, you expect he’ll destroy everyone, but he doesn’t.

    Then you look at someone like Anderson Silva and you think nothing of him. The next thing you know you’re waking up, laying flat on the floor.

    • Lesnardo

      “Then you look at someone like Anderson Silva and you think nothing of him.”

      You mean he doesn’t look like a fighter? I am not so sure.