The now former Dream middleweight, Yoshihiro Akiyama, has signed with the UFC according to UFC.com. Akiyama may most be known for his “greasing” tactic against Japanese hero Kazushi Sakuraba but should also be known for his impressive record as well.
Akiyama holds a victory over another recent UFC middleweight signee in Denis Kang, before Kang began his current slide.
The signing of Akiyama is a big one in the sense that he could be the guy who ends up truly challenging Anderson Silva for the middleweight title at some point down the road.
UFC President Dana White had this to say about Akiyama on UFC.com, “I can see him making an immediate impact in the middleweight division.”