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Yoshihiro Akiyama: The best offense is a sexy defense


The famed Xtreme Couture gym will add more world class talent to the "Who's Who" of mixed martial artists who train or have trained at the Las Vegas, Nevada-based gym.

Yoshihiro Akiyama, a Korean-Japanese middleweight who made his UFC debut at UFC 100, will travel to "Sin City" to train at Xtreme Couture in October, according to

Akiyama will devote an entire month to training with Shawn Tompkins and Vitor Belfort to refine his striking. Tompkins acknowledged Akiyama's merit as a fighter, describing his fighting style as "slick and aggressive." He aims aims to shore up Akiyama's defense during the month-long training sojourn.

A world class judoka, Akiyama made his name in K-1 Hero's, compiling an undefeated record (11-0, 1 NC). After K-1 pulled the plug on Hero's, he fought twice in the newly formed DREAM in 2008 before signing with UFC. He made a successful UFC debut in July, edging out Alan Belcher via split decision victory.

Immediately after his UFC 100 bout with Belcher, he underwent a surgery to treat the eye injury he sustained in the bout. With his eye fully healed, Akiyama strives to elevate his game to ensure his future success in UFC's talent-rich middleweight division.

The date and opponent for his second appearance in UFC have yet to surface.

Stay tuned to MMAmania for more news on Yoshihiro Akiyama and his return to the Octagon.

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