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Yoshihiro Akiyama: What Lies Ahead?

Written on August 10, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Following his UFC 133 loss, Yoshihiro Akiyama's future in the Octagon is currently uncertain.

Since joining the UFC in 2009, has suffered three losses and gained just one victory. Last Saturday, was TKO’d by — giving him his third consecutive loss. That said, UFC President – – admitted that he’s not sure on what lies ahead for the Japanese fighter. However, his loss is definitely a wake-up call.

“This one was a lot different than his other losses. I love this fight. I thought that was going to be ‘Fight of the Night.’ That was my prediction for that one. Vitor handled his business quickly.”

Looking at the fight, Dana White believes that Yoshihiro Akiyama’s attempt to give his opponent a front kick mirrored ’s fight-ending kick against Vitor Belfort earlier this year. Thus, it lit the fuse to the Brazilian’s dynamite which ended the fight in less than two minutes.

Now, the question is: What lies ahead for Yoshihiro Akiyama?

While UFC will be travelling to Japan early next year, and with Sexyama a bona fide star in that country, the fighter might be included in the Japan show if he does stick around. Another option is that he could drop to welterweight, where most believe he really should be. However, there’s no word yet on whether Yoshihiro Akiyama will drop to 170lbs or not.

For now, only uncertainty surrounds Yoshihiro Akiyama. Still, all questions must be answered since a three-fight losing streak can put him to the chopping board.

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