Over UFC 106 weekend, Dana White mentioned that Wanderlei Silva vs Akiyama might be off for some reason. Fortunately it’s not another bullshit injury or delay … they just decided to give us a fight more people want to see:
Wanderlei Silva’s next fight will be with Michael Bisping, a well-placed Las Vegas source has told Fighters Only. The fight may headline the UFC’s first event in Australia, which takes place in February 2010.
Verbal agreements for the clash have been given, although Fighters Only understands that bout agreements are not yet drawn up. The fight will not be official until these are signed and returned by both men.
Wand vs Sexyama seemed like the kind of fight the UFC was hoping might capture the imagination of foreign markets like Japan and Korea, but I’m glad to hear they said fuck those guys and scrapped it in favor of this. It’s not that the original fight was no good. But when your early 2010 schedule looks about as appealing as dog food to the average fan, you do what you gotta do to spice things up.