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Thiago Alves Vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama On Target For UFC 149

A battle between welterweights Thiago Alves and Yoshihiro Akiyama appears on course for UFC 149, according to a report by MMA Fighting.

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.

Photo credit: Sherdog

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    agree both guys need a win badly but to say this a loser go home fight shouldnt be the case for Alves cuz he is still very young and to release him at this time of his prime if silly.  I think he just needs to improve maybe take some time off or something ?  or travel to other camps even take a fight at 185 if he has to .  Now Akiyama is always in a exciting fight but hasnt been able to pick up wins in the ufc.  Something Alves has proven himself able to do aswell as earning a titleshot in a stacked division.  MW wasnt that crowded and if Sexyama could of won just 3 str8 he could of earned himself a shot.  Alves was winning his last fight vs Kampmann so he does deserve a lil mulligan there.  I think Thiago better win this cuz he is the favorite in my eyes – he has shown he can compete with the top level something that Akiyama hasnt been able to prove yet.  Well he hasnt been able to win big fights.  He is older than Pitbull and doesnt have the same fan following in the states.  With UFC not really needing him to bring big crowds in Japan I dont see the same need for him as I do with Thiago Alves.  IF Pitbull loses I still think he deserves some more fights in the UFC.  IF he keeps losing than it becomes problematic at some point they will hafta let him go but I dont want tosee that happen nor do I feel it should be like that but hey its there company and they can find alot of guys willing to take less money and do whatever they ask to replace him.  it sucks but thats the way of the ufc world with Lorenzo and Dana.  I will say good job Joe Silva in matching these two guys up both coming off losses and they are close to same size as Thiago is a big WW and Akiyama is dropping from MW so it looks like a good fight and both are good standup artists and have developed a well rounded game.

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