The UFC’s upcoming return to Canada further took shape last night with the addition of two new bouts to the July 21 card in Calgary including an intriguing welterweight match-up between Thiago Alves and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Both fighters are known for turning in entertaining efforts but have struggled to find success lately inside the Octagon.
The match-up was confirmed by UFC officials online as was a fight featuring featherweights George Roop (12-9) and Antonio Carvalho (13-5).
A hard-hitting striker, the 19-9 Alves earned a reputation for himself as a devastating finisher during a three-year stretch where he won nine of ten fights including seven straight to earn a crack at the championship. However, since falling to Georges St. Pierre in the title-bout the 28-year old has a losing record with a last-minute submission defeat to Martin Kampmann in his most recent outing.
Akiyama’s career could also use the momentum of a victory after having come up short in four consecutive clashes. Known for his heart and high-level technique, Akiyama has finished twelve of the thirteen opponents he’s beaten including Melvin Manhoef and Denis Kang.
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