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Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Targeted for July UFC Event

Yoshihiro Akiyama still has a job in the UFC, and now has his next opponent set, as well. Despite losing four straight in the octagon, Akiyama’s spirited performances have ensured him at least one more go, and it will come against Thiago Alves at a July event — most likely UFC 149 — according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The two have both agreed to the matchup. The Japanese fighter recently dropped to welterweight, where he fought Jake Shields at UFC 144. The two went all three…

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