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Old 07-11-2010, 01:44 PM
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Default Bisping vs Akiyama On Tap For UFC 120

Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama nearly finalized for UFC 120 in London
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jul 09, 2010 at 1:45 pm ET
A middleweight bout between Michael Bisping (19-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) reportedly will be part of October's UFC 120 event in London.

Fighters Only first reported that at least one fighter has signed for the content, and it'll serve as the night's main event.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the matchup with a source close to the event. A previously reported welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Carlos Condit takes co-headliner status.

UFC 120 takes place Oct. 16 at The O2 in London and airs via same-day delay on Spike TV.

British fighter Bisping fights for the sixth time on a UFC-England card. After a high-profile loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100 in 2009 that cost him a title shot, Bisping earned a TKO win over Denis Kang, suffered a decision loss to Wanderlei Silva, and most recently, scored a decision victory over Dan Miller at UFC 114 to get back into title contention.

The victory over Miller was vital for Bisping and allowed him to avoid the first back-to-back losses of his career.

Akiyama, meanwhile, enters the bout fresh off a loss to late replacement Chris Leben at UFC 116. Akiyama originally was slated to fight Silva, but his rib injury led to the booking of Leben, who earned a victory over Aaron Simpson just two weeks prior at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. After splitting the first two rounds with his opponent, Leben found himself on his back late in the third. But he kept a steady stream of punches, and after admittedly ignoring the advice of his corner, Leben capitalized on an opening and pulled off a stunning triangle-choke submission with just 20 seconds remaining in the round.

The loss was Akiyama's first since a KO defeat to Jerome LeBanner. That fight took place in 2005 and was just Akiyama's second pro bout.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:56 PM
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I don't see The Count winning this one.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:57 PM
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I don't see The Count winning this one.
I pray I don't have to see the Count win this one.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:08 PM
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I pray I don't have to see the Count win this one.
Agreed. I think Akiyama will be in better condition for this fight as a year layoff didn't exactly help him in his last one.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:15 AM
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I don't know...Bisping looked good against Leben & the Wanderlei fight was very competitive too. I think Sexiyama has his work cut out for him yet again.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:23 AM
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Word!!!

Beating Miller by decision puts Bisping "back into title contention"?

LMAO!!!
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You know, I'd like to see Rich Franklin fight him. Even Kendall Grove, who is not one of my favorites but I think he is very hungry and very motivated with his recent 4 for 8. I think Kendall could kick his a$$ big time, no doubt that Rich could do the same.

OK, JB, I'm a Bisping hater. I admit it.
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:29 AM
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bisping takes this ... after sexyama's last performance, his cardio needs way too much work .. bisping via UD
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:04 AM
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bisping takes this ... after sexyama's last performance, his cardio needs way too much work .. bisping via UD

I agree.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:19 PM
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Whoever wins, it will be by descision.
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