While all of Akiyama's fights were at middleweight, his debut at welterweight won't go well if he can't iron out the flaws in his game.
He wants to give the fans exciting fights which is commendable, but even though Jake Shields is more his size, Akiyama will need to be on his toes to defeat him.
Akiyama has the talent to win the match. The odds may be against him, though in fighting that has never stopped upsets before.
He can do some things to improve his chances and get his hand raised at the end of the night.