It appears the lineup for the UFC’s summer stop in Calgary will grow by a bout in the near future after multiple outlets reported a clash between welterweights Thiago Alves (19-9) and Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-5) was destined for the event. Though not officially announced, the fight pits a pair of fighters against each other who are both in serious need of a win despite a number of past triumphs over notable opposition.
UFC 149 is scheduled for July 21 and will be headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo taking on an unnamed opponent.
MMAFighting was first to report the match-up between Alves-Akiyama was in place.
In Alves’ last outing, the 28-year old nearly had Martin Kampmann beaten until making a mistake in the final minute of action and getting caught in a submission. The defeat was Alves’ fourth in his last six scraps, a far cry from the form he showed winning seven straight to earn a shot at Georges St. Pierre’s divisional title in 2009.
Akiyama has also struggled to find success over the past few years, dropping four in a row with only a single victory inside the Octagon. However, he is consistently one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport and a threat to finish it from any position as indicated by the balance of TKO/submission stoppages on his record (five/seven).
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MMATraining Take: I would be shocked if Alves-Akiyama isn’t an extremely exciting affair. They both have fan-friendly styles and the added desperation for a victory should translate into an all-out performance from each.