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Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Wanderlei Silva Slated For UFC 116

Not only will Wanderlei Silva be turning 34 this July 3rd, but it appears the Brazilian will be granted his birthday wish when he meets Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116.

The middleweight bout had been rumored for quite some time, with UFC president Dana White all but assuring it after Silva picked up his unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 110, however FightersOnly was the first to report on the scrap’s landing spot.

Prior to the win over Bisping, Wandy had dropped five of his last six bouts and hasn’t looked close to the fighter he was while running PrideFC’s 205-pound division just five years ago.

Silva was one fighter the 13-1 Akiyama never crossed paths with while in the Orient, but it appears he’s been chompin’ at the bit to get a piece for quite some time.