The Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing another event to London, England. On October 16, 2010, UFC middleweights Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama face off at the O2 Arena in London along with other world class mixed martial artists for UFC 120.
Bisping is a former light heavyweight fighter who won Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter. After fourteen straight victories, he lost to a bigger Rashad Evans by decision prompting him to step down to middleweight. The move to middleweight has been a rollercoaster ride for Bisping. Since his move down in weight class, Bisping has gone 5-2 for an overall record of 19-3.
Akiyama is a DREAM and K-1 veteran who has signed up with the UFC last year. The decorated judoka and mixed martial artist from Japan has an overall record of 13-2-2 (No Contest). He lost his most recent match against Chris Leben at UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin in July. Despite his exceptional fighting skills, Akiyama gassed out in the second round and Leben took advantage with a triangle choke submission.
The Bisping-Akiyama matchup may be tough to call from a fighting skills standpoint. Bisping may have the hometown crowd rooting for him and this is just about the only advantage that he may have over Akiyama.
The rest of the UFC 120 fight card is listed below.
- Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
- Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit
- John Hathaway vs. Mike Pyle
- Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne
- James Wilks vs. Claude Patrick
- Cyrille Diabate vs. Alexander Gustafsson
- Vinicius Quieroz vs. Rob Broughton
- Stanislav Nedkov vs. Steve Cantwell
- Spencer Fisher vs. Kurt Warburton
- James McSweeney vs. Fabio Maldonado
- Paul Sass vs. Mark Holst