It’s no secret Wanderlei Silva is fighting Yoshihiro Akiyama next. The only questions were, when and where? Well, according to Fighters Only, it’s going to be July 3 in Las Vegas at UFC 116.
Wanderlei Silva’s birthday gift is all set – a July 3rd fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Fighters Only can reveal. Silva was born on July 3rd 1976, which means he will turn 34 on the night he faces the Japanese-Korean judo stylist.
But the date was not set until recently. One of the fighters has signed and returned his bout agreements and the other is expected to be returned this week, making the clash official for UFC 116. The event will also see the return of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who will face the winner of the Shane Carwin/Frank Mir fight that takes place at UFC 111 this weekend.
Wand-Akiyama was one of the early rumors for the now scratched April 17 UFC Fight Night 22 card, but Wanderlei objected because he wanted to fight on his birthday. It looks like the UFC is granting his wish.