Wanderlei Silva, fresh of his successful middleweight debut over Michael Bisping at UFC 110 late last month, will return to action against Yoshihiro Akiyama “soon,” a fight previously reported for UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver, with a rematch against Bisping likely to follow, Silva recently told MMA Weekly:
“I know I’m going to fight soon. I’m going to have a great surprise for my fans what date I’m going to fight. I’m so close to signing my next fight, we’ll talk about things a little bit more, and I think I’m going to be fighting soon.
“It’s a great match because [Akiyama’s] an incredible fighter. He’s got an Olympic gold medal. He’s had great performances in Dream in Japan, (he’s) very famous there. I think it’s a great opportunity, one more really tough opponent, and I’m going to prove in the future it’s possible I can be with the best fighters in 185.
“The next is (Akiyama) and he is number one, and the number two is Bisping because I’m going to give a rematch to him.”