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Yoshihiro Akiyama’s ONE Championship debut set for June

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Yoshihiro Akiyama is set to make his ONE debut four years after his last UFC appearance.
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Yoshihiro Akiyama will return to action for his ONE Championship debut on June 20, co-headlining ONE: Legendary Quest in Shanghai, China, against former welterweight title contender Agilan Thani, the promotion announced.

“Sexyama” (14-6, 2 no-contests) hasn’t competed since a decision loss to Alberto Mina in the UFC in 2015, parting ways with the North American promotion after winning in only two of his seven Octagon appearances.

Akiyama, who signed with the UFC in 2010 after going unbeaten for 14 bouts under the K-1 and Dream banners, holds UFC wins over Amir Sadollah and Alan Belcher, having lost to Chris Leben, Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort and Jake Shields.

Thani (8-3) once challenged Ben Askren for the ONE title after going undefeated in his first six MMA bouts. Now, he looks to get back on track following stoppage losses to Zebaztian Kadestam and Kiamrian Abbasov in 2018.

Scheduled for June 15 at Shanghai’s Baoshan Arena, the event will be headlined by ONE atomweight muay thai champion Stamp Fairtex against Alma Juniku. The complete card, which features former The Ultimate Fighter contestants Gilberto Galvao and Anderson "Braddock" Silva, can be seen below.

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Agilan Thani
Reinier De Ridder vs. Gilberto Galvao
Koyomi Matsushima vs. Kwon Won Il
Fan Rong vs. Sherif Mohamed
Chen Lei vs. Anthony Engelen
Victorio Senduk vs. Phoe Thaw
Yoon Chang Min vs. Trestle Tan
Itsuki Hirata vs. Angelie Sabanal

Tarik Khbabez vs. Anderson Silva

Muay Thai
Stamp Fairtex vs. Alma Juniku
Han Zi Hao vs. Andrew Miller
Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym vs. Liam Harrison

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