Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Set for UFC 133 in Philadelphia

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Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Set for UFC 133 in Philadelphia
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For weeks, Vitor Belfort was looking for an opponent to face him at UFC 134 in his home country of Brazil.

The Phenom wanted a fight against current contenders such as Michael Bisping and Wanderlei Silva, but the hopes of those fights happening turned south as Bisping will most likely coach opposite of Chael Sonnen in the next season of the Ultimate Fighter and Silva is now slated to face Chris Leben at UFC 132.

Belfort will now set his eyes on a new opponent, as MMAFighting.com has reported that he and Yoshihiro Akiyama will clash at UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on August 6th.

UFC President Dana White would later confirm that the fight was in fact official.

Belfort will hope to regain momentum in the middleweight division after current middleweight champion Anderson Silva knocked him out at UFC 126 with a devastating front kick, which snapped a five-fight win streak for Belfort.

Akiyama currently finds himself on a two-fight losing streak after suffering losses to both Chris Leben and Michael Bisping, which both received Fight of the Night honors.

Akiyama was originally set to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 128 before Sonnen's contract was suspended. To replace Sonnen, the UFC scheduled Akiyama to fight middleweight contender Nate Marquardt.

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However, due to the devastating tsunamis that occurred in Japan in early March, Akiyama was forced to withdraw from the fight.

This looks to be a good fight and it will be interesting to see how these two fighters' strengths match up, as well as their weaknesses.

Akiyama is known for his Judo, while Belfort is quick on the feet and has fast hands. However, after Belfort's last fight, his chin will come into question and Akiyama is known to pack a powerful punch according to one of his previous opponents, Chris Leben.

But, with those power punches, Akiyama has been known to tire out in the final rounds and that will be something he will need to fix if he wants to get back in the win column.

 

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