UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN UK recently that a middleweight match up between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama has been scheduled for UFC 133 later this summer.
“Verbal agreements are in for a battle between two of the most exciting fighters in the middleweight division,” said White.
“Coming off three straight Fight of the Night performances, Yoshihiro Akiyama will take on former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in Philadelphia.”
MMA veteran Vitor Belfort has established himself as a legend in the sport and one of the best middleweights in the world over his almost fifteen year career as a professional mixed martial artist. Bursting onto the scene with a lightning-fast knockout of fellow legend Wanderlei Silva at the UFC’s first — and to date only — trip to Brazil back in 1998, “The Phenom” has since compiled a record of 19-9 over several promotions (including Pride and Strikeforce).
After rejoining the UFC’s ranks and knocking out former middleweight champ Rich Franklin in his first fight back with the promotion, Belfort earned himself a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight crown. Like all other comers to “The Spider’s” throne however, Belfort was turned away in short order, losing via first round knockout when the two met this past February.
Japanese-Korean judoka Yoshihiro Akiyama has proven himself to be one of the most exciting fighters in any weight class over his sixteen-fight professional career. “Sexyama” has earned Fight of the Night honors in all three of his UFC performances, each of which was a close and hard-fought contest. Akiyama’s overall record stands at 13-3, while his UFC promotional record is 1-2. His most recent outing saw him drop a unanimous decision to every middleweight’s new favorite enemy: Michael Bisping.
UFC 133 is scheduled to go down on August 6th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.