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UFC Fight Night Japan: Fighters at Crossroads

Yoshihiro Akiyama

As I noted in an earlier post, UFC Fight Night 52 will feature several intriguing match-ups, and many of them will include established Japanese vets.

Two of the fighters featured in the video below are Yoshihiro Akiyama and Kiichi Kunimoto. Akiyama (13-5) is one of the biggest names in Japanese MMA, but the decorated Judoka has struggled in the UFC and has lost four in a row (although several of the fights were ridiculously entertaining).

The 39 year-old is set to fight Amir Sadollah on Saturday.

Kunimoto (17-5-2), on the other hand, is relatively new to the UFC, and is coming off consecutive wins over Daniel Sarafian and Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr.  The 33 year-old Kunimoto is booked to take on Richard Walsh on September 20th.

UFC FN 52 will be hosted by the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and will feature a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson in the headliner.


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