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Wanderlei Silva Fights Yoshihiro Akiyama “Soon,” Expects Bisping Rematch

Wanderlei SilvaWanderlei 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.”

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