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  1. Default Yoshihiro Akiyama says he will fight this year in the UFC, snapping a 2-year hiatus



    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/4/22...yeah-you-ready

    The question and answer is translated as such:

    Question: "Are you going to go into the ring this year? I want to see an Akiyama fight!"

    Sexyama: "I'm certainly entering this year! Of course in the UFC!"
    (Thank you to Reddit user 'Edamus' for the find and initial translation and @cjewett1987 for the translation confirmation)

    Akiyama has not fought since a unanimous decision loss to recent UFC cut, Jake Shields, in Japan. To put things into perspective of how long it's been since Akiyama fought... Frankie Edgar was still lightweight champion, Rory MacDonald would demolish Che Mills in the UFC 145 co-main a month later and the UFC made their debut on Fuel TV about a week before UFC 144.

    And you have to go all the way back to Akiyama's eye-opening debut on UFC 100 (in 2009!) for his last victory. Thiago Alves just had his first fight in two years, so maybe that is a sign of good things to come for Akiyama and all his fans. I know I don't speak for myself when I say we need more of this and this (I find it interesting that Hector Lombard and Akiyama both hit mesmerizing throws on Jake Shields).
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    Hope Sexyama does well, don't have high hopes for him but I always hate watching him lose.

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    They're bringin' Sexy back?!?!

    Nice!

    Anyone else prefer to see him make 170lbs. tho?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Dirten View Post
    Anyone else prefer to see him make 170lbs. tho?
    I second this. If he could make 170 he would ragdoll people TO DEATH.

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    He certainly can make welterweight as he did against Shields. It would definitely be a "last chance" fight for him though. Thirty eight, hasn't fought in two years and on a four fight losing streak. Nothing about that says he'll be successful in his return fight. But it depends on who he gets matched up with.

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    Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kyle Noke in the works for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan
    http://mmajunkie.com/2014/07/yoshihi...ht-52-in-japan
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    I honestly thought he got cut. Glad to see him back though I have always been a fan. I also hope he returns at 170
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhemp81 View Post
    If he could make 170 he would ragdoll people TO DEATH.
    Sure, if it were a judo match. Since it's MMA, he loses to everyone in the top 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWIFTboy View Post
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