Most people in the US don’t know who Yoshihiro Akiyama is and only a handful of UFC betting aficionados likely know the name. But if all goes as planned Akiyama could become a household name in the not too distant future and he’ll be especially well known inside the world of UFC odds action if he can translate his success in Asian MMA betting to the UFC betting scene.
Akiyama is relatively new to the MMA betting scene and at age 34 has a rather small body of MMA betting work to look over. He has a record of 13-1 in his MMA career which he only took up in 2004. He suffered his only loss in 2005 and since then he’s been undefeated at various levels of the MMA betting world including a UFC betting matchup against Alan Belcher in the UFC 110 competition.
But while his body of work might be small this is a fighter with huge potential. His background in the martial arts is second to none and he’s won two gold medals in the Asian Games and Asian Championships in Judo. He’s also honed his mat skills over the past few years fighting in Japan and the US.
His opponent in the upcoming UFC 116 betting competition is Chris “the Crippler” Leben who’s just 5-5 over his past 10 UFC betting matches and is 0-4 in his UFC Main Event fights. He is at best a prelim card fighter and Akiyama should have his way with him when they meet up in the UFC 116 competition.
Leben is actually nothing more than a body to fill in for Wanderlei Silva who was originally supposed to fight Akiyama in the Main Event. However broken ribs prevented his participation in this UFC odds event so now Akiyama will get to use Leben as punching bag.
Already a huge star in Japan, Akiyama should be a hugely marketable star for the UFC on an international level and could become the next great Middleweight contender in the UFC betting action. And his rise to the top will start with his UFC 116 betting matchup in Las Vegas.