UFC 111: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva in Australia?

source: mma.fanhouse.com

Yoshihiro Akiyama said at a UFC press conference Tuesday in Japan that he will fight Wanderlei Silva inside the Octagon some time in early 2010, possibly in the main event of UFC 111 in Sydney, Australia.

Tony Loiseleur of Sherdog reported that Akiyama confirmed he'll fight Silva at 185 pounds, and although Akiyama said he would personally prefer to do the fight at UFC 110 in Las Vegas, my own opinion is that UFC 111 would make a lot more sense. Akiyama-Silva is tailor made to be the main event of an overseas show, and considering that Akiyama and Silva are two of the most popular fighters among MMA fans in Japan -- and that there's just a one-hour time difference between Sydney and Tokyo -- the UFC must be thinking that the Australian show will be a good one to draw in Japanese TV viewers.

UFC 111 hasn't been officially announced, but it's expected to take place in Sydney in late February. Predictably, the UFC's impending arrival has led to inaccurate, over-the-top news coverage from those who are sure MMA signals the decline of civilization. But there are plenty of people in Australia who understand MMA and are excited about seeing the UFC, and Silva vs. Akiyama would be a great fight for them to see.

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Poindexter site profile image  

10/16/09 9:21 PM by Poindexter

 Wand wins this.

JTB007 site profile image  

10/16/09 8:42 PM by JTB007

here you go:http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/10/13/1083728/the-winner-of-wanderlei-silva-vs

Fletch F Fletch site profile image  

10/16/09 5:42 PM by Fletch F Fletch

Love this fight.

Kimbos Beard site profile image  

10/16/09 5:20 PM by Kimbos Beard

Link?I can't find it.

bryanand site profile image  

10/16/09 2:42 PM by bryanand

I don't know what the plans are for expansion in Japan but Dana and Lorenzo did not have favorable things to say about the business climate of MMA in Japan from their experience with Pride so they may not be too interested in that market right now.

picks site profile image  

10/16/09 2:36 PM by picks

why wouldn't the UFC use this fight on a card in Japan??? they would draw insane numbers w/ this over there...

Elvis site profile image  

10/14/09 1:33 AM by Elvis

Hopefully this is the start of good things for Australian MMA.

OzLoco site profile image  

10/13/09 10:05 PM by OzLoco

Man I hope they manage to get UFC 111 to happen here in Australia. Hopefully they finish up doing a couple shows a year here, as they do in Europe.

JTB007 site profile image  

10/13/09 9:15 PM by JTB007

i really like the analysis over at BloodyElbow on this fight.very nice. and i'm definitely looking forward to this one.Wandelei by axe-murderin'

jsferris site profile image  

10/13/09 7:50 PM by jsferris

Wandy will win.