Report: Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Likely for UFC 149 in Calgary

Thiago Alves. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

A welterweight bout between struggling former contenders Thiago Alves and Yoshihiro Akiyama has reportedly been targeted for UFC 149, which is scheduled for July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The news comes from MMAFighting.com. UFC 149 is slated to be headlined by Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against an opponent yet to be named.

Alves is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 last month, submitting to a gullotine choke in the final moments of their bout after appearing to be on his way to a victory.

After winning a close split decision over Alan Belcher in his UFC debut nearly three years ago at UFC 100, Akiyama has gone on to drop four straight bouts. He suffered consecutive losses to Chris Leben, Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort before dropping down to the welterweight division and falling to Jake Shields in his last appearance at UFC 144 in February.

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