Chael Sonnen vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128, ten days before sentencing

The UFC have decided to hastily set up one possible last fight for disgraced middleweight stand out, Chael Sonnen against Japanese star, Yoshihiro Akiyama in the wake of federal charges at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey on March 19th, 2011. This will mark Sonnen’s first fight following a six months suspension from the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for banned substances.

Sonnen is coming off a fifth round submission defeat at the hands of current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. When it appeared he had the fight and title in the bag after winning the first four rounds, Sonnen was caught in a triangle choke with one minute remaining and was forced to tap.

Akiyama is in desperate need of a win after suffering back to back losses to Chris Lebben and Michael Bisping inside the octagon. Prior to that he’d pulled off a rather unconvincing controversial split decision win over Alan Belcher.

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