Michael Bisping vs Yoshihiro Akiyama to main event UFC 120 in LondonPosted on July 9, 2010, 10:40 PM by David Saucier
UFC 120 main event is starting to fall together. MMAjunkie reports that Michael Bisping is likely to square off against the always dangerous Judo practitioner Yoshihiro Akiyama in what will most likely be the cards main event on October 16 in the O2 arena which will be a Spike TV broadcast.
According to a source close to this event one fighters name is already signed for the main event, and they are expecting the other party to sign in the near future.
Bisping (19-3) has rebounded from his UFC 100 KO loss to Dan Henderson, with a TKO win over Denis Kang at UFC 105. Following that bout Bisping went on to lose a decision to Wanderlei Silva, at UFC 114 he won a decision over Dan Miller. Now looking to really turn things up and climb back up the Middleweight ladder, he will look to take on the Asian superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama. This will be Bisping’s 6th fight for the UFC on Brittish soil.
Akiyama (13-2) has gone 1-1 in the UFC since his debut at UFC 100 when he won a decision against Alan Belcher. Akiyama sat out for almost a year for an opportunity to fight the Axe Murder Wanderlei Silva which was set for UFC 116; unfortunately Wanderlei had to pull out of the fight just weeks prior due to rib injuries. The south paw Chris Leben stepped up on 2 weeks rest to fill the spot. Handing Akiyama his first loss in the UFC via triangle choke late in the third round.
Both fighters will be looking for a win to get back on track in the middleweight division, If Bisping wins it can set up a rematch with the Crippler Chris Leben. If Akiyama wins no doubt he will look to get at a healthy Wanderlei.
Also to serve as the co main event will be a Welterweight matchup between former WEC champ Carlos Condit vs. Dan the Outlaw Hardy.