Wanderlei Silva has officially confirmed his UFC 116 fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama by posting a video of himself signing the contract for the July 3rd showdown.
The middleweight bout had been rumored for quite some time, with UFC president Dana White all but assuring it after Silva picked up his unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 110, however the scrap’s landing spot wasn’t confirmed until today.
Silva claims a dominant 33-10-1 record, however was able to avoid a disastrous three-fight losing streak when he defeated the former “The Ultimate Fighter” winner. When it’s all said and done, the Brazilian will go down as one of the best to ever strap on a pair of MMA gloves.
Akiyama hasn’t competed since UFC 100 last July, when he took a narrow split decision over the gritty Alan Belcher. The Japanese star holds a dominant 13-1 professional mark, however most Octagon fans aren’t familiar with his skills since all of his damage has been done in the Orient.
Wandy will be turning 34 this July 3rd, so this Independence weekend will certainly be a lot more special for him.
UFC 116 is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is expected to headline the event against newly-minted interim champ Shane Carwin.
Check out the video of Silva’s signing:
Here are the contestants slated/rumored for UFC 116:
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shane Carwin (UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)