UFC 149 takes place July 21 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jose Aldo, the UFC featherweight champion, will defend his title, but an opponent is not yet known for “Scarface.”
Both Alves and Akiyama are coming off losses, as “The Pitbull” was stopped by Martin Kampmann and Akiyama fell to Jake Shields.
After working his way to a title fight with Georges St-Pierre, Alves hit a block in the road. He has won just two of his last five bouts, including the defeat to Kampmann in which he was winning the fight before shooting in for a takedown. Kampmann caught him in a choke and scored the submission.
Akiyama has went just 1-4 in his last five, including he loss to Shields in his native country of Japan earlier this year.
Both fighters need a win, so expect each man to go all-out in this one. While that should excite the fans, it will likely spell the end for one of these two men inside the Octagon.
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