Yoshihiro Akiyama will drop down to welterweight after losing his last three fights in the middleweight division, according to Sponichi. After losing to Vitor Belfort at UFC 133, "Sexyama" apparently considered retirement before thinking better of it and finally deciding to take Dana White's advice and move down to the 170-pound division. Akiyama also said he would like to debut in his new division when the UFC heads to Japan in Feb. 2012. Any ideas on a possible opponent? Who would you like to see him fight in his new weight class?
With his victory over Tito Ortiz last night at UFC 133, Rashad Evans finally moved past his drawn out title fight fiasco. Now the sky just might be the limit. Read the whole story here.
Vitor Belfort poses with Dana White while he's being given his lofty $70,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus check for putting Yoshihiro Akiyama to sleep in the first round of their fight tonight (Aug. 6) at UFC 133: "Evans vs. Ortiz 2" in Philadelphia. For more bonuses and awards information from the event click here.
Take a look inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as it gets prepared to host tonight's (Aug. 6, 2011) UFC 133: "Evans vs. Ortiz 2" pay-per-view event (Pic). Just a few short hours away from showtime, Maniacs. Are you ready?
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz rub elbows with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and cornerback Asante Samuel at a recent practice for the NFL team (Pic). Both star players are noted fight fans, particularly Vick, who will reportedly be in attendance at this weekend's UFC 133: "Evans vs. Ortiz 2' event at the Wells Fargo Center. Pundits are calling the Eagles the "Dream Team" this season ... maybe at the end of the year they will have titles of their own. But will Edgar and Cruz still have theirs?
Tito Ortiz knuckles up with Bernard Hopkins in a staredown at the Joe Hand Gym in Philadelphia, Pa., during the UFC 133 open media workout (Pic). Hopkins, a world class professional boxing champion, hails from the "City of Brotherly Love." In the past he's been critical of mixed martial arts, but has recently changed his tune. In fact, he will be in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend (Aug. 6, 2011) when "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" takes on Rashad Evans in the night's main event. To hear more from Hopkins on his recent change of heart regarding MMA click here.
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Nam Phan trains for Mike Brown fight at UFC 133 on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Pic). Despite the lion's share of attention going to the top of the card, there are quite a few compelling bouts on the preliminary card, as well. Phan vs. Brown is certainly one of them. Photo credit goes to Scott Hirano of LowKick.com. Click here to check out a complete gallery.