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Bisping vs. Akiyama to Headline UFC 120; Hardy vs. Condit Co-Main Event

The UFC pairings continue to come fast and furious.

Just one day after confirming the UFC 119 main event and co-main, UFC 120 also has its top fights set.

Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama will top the UFC 120 card, UFC President Dana White has confirmed to MMA Fighting, while the previously rumored Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit matchup will serve as the co-main event for the evening's card, which will emanate from London's 02 Arena on Oct. 16 and air on Spike in the U.S.

In addition, White also confirmed the battle of unbeatens between John Hathaway and Dong Hyun Kim that was first reported by MMA Fighting last week.


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The matchups will showcase three of the most popular and successful British fighters in front of a partisan crowd.

The Bisping-Akiyama bout, which was first reported as a possibility by the London Telegraph, features two middleweights trying to bounce back into the title picture. Bisping (19-3) has gone 2-2 in his last four fights, though in his most recent encounter, he earned a decision over Dan Miller at UFC 114. It will be a quick turnaround for Akiyama (13-2, 2 no contests), who suffered his first defeat in five years in a triangle choke submission to Chris Leben at last weekend's UFC 116.

The charismatic Hardy, meanwhile, will be in his first fight back since losing in his welterweight title opportunity against Georges St. Pierre in March. In Condit, he'll be facing a fierce competitor on a two-fight win streak. Condit memorably earned a comeback win at UFC 115, overcoming a two rounds to none deficit to TKO Rory MacDonald in round three.

Perhaps next on the list of UK favorites is the 22-year-old Hathaway, who authored a breakthrough performance at UFC 114 with a powerful three-round decision win over Diego Sanchez.

The victory moved Hathaway to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the UFC. Kim, meanwhile, is 13-0-1 with one no contest, and is unbeaten in five UFC bouts, most recently topping Amir Sadollah in a three-round decision at UFC 114.
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