Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama set for UFC 133 in PhiladelphiaPosted on April 21, 2011, 10:25 PM by Joey Santosus
A promising Middleweight bout between former division title contender Vitor Belfort and Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama has been set for UFC 133 in August.
UFC President Dana White revealed the match-up to ESPN Thursday.
Akiyama (13-3) will look to bounce back from a current two-fight losing streak. After scoring a close split decision victory over Alan Belcher in his promotional debut, "Sexyama" has since dropped outings against Chris Leben, and most recently Michael Bisping. Though he was initially scheduled to make a return against Nate Marquardt at UFC 128, Akiyama was forced to withdraw due to the tragic natural disasters that recently struck in his native Japan.
Belfort (19-9), meanwhile, suffered a disappointing knockout loss against Anderson Silva this past February at UFC 126. The bout was his first in more than a year after having been sidelined due to injury and snapped a five-fight winning streak that dated back to 2007. While there were talks of "The Phenom" meeting Wanderlei Silva in a rematch at UFC: Rio, that fight was scrapped in favor of "The Axe Murderer" facing Chris Leben later this year.
UFC 133 is set to take place August 6th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also expected to be featured thus far are Middleweights bouts: Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara and Rafael Natal vs.Riki Fukuda, as well as a Welterweight match-up between Brian Ebersole and Dennis Hallman.