The UFC today announced the signing of Japanese middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama.
“I’m excited to bring Akiyama into the UFC and I can see him making an immediate impact in the middleweight division,” said UFC President Dana White to UFC.com. “Besides his great judo and submission game, he’s a finisher, and UFC fans are going to love watching him because he always shows up to fight.”
Akiyama (12-1 2NC) has not been defeated since his first-and-only career loss to Jerome LeBanner in 2005 and holds recent victories over Denis Kang, Katsuyori Shibata, and Masanori Tonooka.
According to the announcement, no opponent or date has been determined for Akiyama’s UFC debut.