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11/14/11 12:44 PM
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Akiyama Makes Welterweight Debut against Shields in February

 
"Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama will have plenty of support from his home country fans on February 26th, when he makes his welterweight debut in UFC 144 action against 170-pound contender Jake Shields at Saitama Super Arena in Japan."

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11/14/11 12:45 PM
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NICE! I think Shields takes this one. Phone Post
11/14/11 12:47 PM
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 he's had some stiff competition, that is for sure
11/14/11 12:48 PM
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WTF. Shields is basically a MW so why even have Akiyama move down?

Akiyama can actually win this fight but they should have given him Hardy. Joe Silva is a TERRIBLE matchmaker.
11/14/11 12:49 PM
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pic from his first cut to '70 incase you missed it.




hopefully cutting won't take too much of his endurance away.
 
11/14/11 12:51 PM
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another loss for akiyama
11/14/11 12:53 PM
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Deaf Forever - WTF. Shields is basically a MW so why even have Akiyama move down?

Akiyama can actually win this fight but they should have given him Hardy. Joe Silva is a TERRIBLE matchmaker.

 really?
I think this is a terrific fight, both name guys, both have fought at MW?

a win over either guy means something.

that being said, I believe Akiyama has more to win, but Jake doesn't turn down many (any) fights...
11/14/11 12:53 PM
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 tough fight for jake imo
11/14/11 12:55 PM
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 interesting match up
11/14/11 12:55 PM
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If Sexy actually knew how to fight with strategy, i think he can beat Jake. He has the striking and tdd ability but I think Jake likely wins by sub here.
11/14/11 12:58 PM
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If Jake can't get him down then it Sexy's fight. Phone Post
11/14/11 12:58 PM
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 Good fight.
11/14/11 12:59 PM
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Does Akiyama have the takedown defense to keep this standing? I think he does. Shields should just keep shooting though until Akiyama is gassed like the Hendo fight. But it's more winnable than I think some will say.
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Out of all the potential great fights for Akiyama at 170 they come up with this?

Sorry but this is poor matchmaking Joe. Phone Post
11/14/11 12:59 PM
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If Shields loses again, where does he go from here?
11/14/11 1:01 PM
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The Chronicle - Out of all the potential great fights for Akiyama at 170 they come up with this?<br><br>Sorry but this is poor matchmaking Joe. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Yeah a former WW and MW champ who fought GSP and Jake E, lost two in a row and is a top WW and Akiyama drops down, how is that a bad fight?

Its a great fight between two names and a win over Shields at WW puts Akiyama right in the mix.
11/14/11 1:02 PM
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 I don't think akiyama is easy to take down, nor do I think he can be subbed easily without being hurt first
 
11/14/11 1:02 PM
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 Shields wins.
11/14/11 1:03 PM
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 UFC hates Japenese fighters......
11/14/11 1:05 PM
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Hmm though for sure it was going to be Akiyama vs Hardy. Phone Post
11/14/11 1:08 PM
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Wasn't Shields just talking about moving back up to 85? Phone Post
11/14/11 1:11 PM
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This fight would be better at 185. For both guys.
11/14/11 1:11 PM
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Why do people want Hardy/Akiyama? So Akiyama can take him down and win a fight?

That fight would be a loser leaves town fight and the UFC wants both of them, Hardy for UK, Akiyama for Japan.

So thats not a good match up.

Shields/Akiyama is a good fight, tough fight, dont know why people want Akiyama to be given an easy fight to win, well I guess they want him to win so thats why.

I'd rather see him take on top competition.
11/14/11 1:23 PM
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 Akiyama will probably look just as outsized against Jake at 170 as he has against everyone else at 185.
11/14/11 1:23 PM
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heroder - this is a bad match for both. Loserr leaves 
3 fights ago, Jake beat the Current SF 205 Champ, 2 fights ago he went 5rds with top P4P WW Champ, last fight he lost a tough 1st rd TKO to top contender.

let's not get crazy.

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