Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama were scheduled to fight early this year, but the fight was abandoned and Silva was instead booked to face Michael Bisping in the UFC 110 co-main event. With his successful middleweight debut on Saturday now behind him, Silva and Akiyama are now targeting a matchup that could take place as early as June at UFC 115 in Vancouver.
“Akiyama wants to fight Wanderlei very bad,” UFC President Dana White said at the post-UFC 110 press conference. “It’s a big fight that he wants. We offered him another fight, but he said he wants Wanderlei. … We’ll talk to Wanderlei and see when he’ll be ready again.
“It just pissed [Silva] off that I said Akiyama wants to fight him, so now he wants Akiyama.”
While Silva is certainly ready to move forward from his hard-fought unanimous decision victory at UFC 110, Bisping is confident he won the bout and has his sights set on a future rematch.
“It was a close fight. Personally, I think I won rounds one and two,” said Bisping at the post-UFC 110 press conference. “Wanderlei did a great job. Congratulations to him. Full credit to him on winning the fight. Apart from the guillotine, and I got dropped in the third round, but apart from the guillotine attempt off the takedown in the second round, as far as round two, I really didn’t have any offense come my way. I felt I clearly won those two rounds. I’m a little annoyed. I don’t come here to put on a good performance. I come here to win. Winning is what’s important.
“I’m a little disappointed right now,” Bisping continued. “[But] I’m healthy. I’m good to go. … I’d love to get a rematch with Wanderlei someday, but I want to keep fighting top guys. I want to get back in there ASAP and fight another good name and get back to my winning ways.”