If Yoshihiro Akiyama (pictured) wasn’t Japanese… In a video promoting their September 20 event in Japan, it was revealed Akiyama will face Kyle Noke at “UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson.”
Saitama Super Arena in Saitama hosts the festivities.
Akiyama will be looking to snap a four-fight skid. “Sexyama” hasn’t been seen since dropping a unanimous decision to Jake Shields at UFC 144 in February 2012.
The 38-year-old hasn’t sniffed the win column since beating Alan Belcher in his highly-anticipated UFC debut in 2009.
Noke’s fortunes inside the octagon haven’t been much better. He’s lost three of his past four fights, most recently getting beat by Patrick Cote in April.
No official word from the UFC on how the event will be made available for live viewing in America. However, it’s highly likely UFC Fight Pass will stream the entire card.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. TBD
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kyle Noke
Takanori Gomi vs. Myles Jury
Chris Cariaso vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson