According to Akihiro's personal blog:I have a pain in my right hand from November (UFC debut fight). So I could not train enough.
I wondered it. Doctor checked my hand again and this condition was so bad, Doctor ordered me to stop fight and all training.
And operation is done, maybe in January. I am very sorry, my fans and John Fitch.A dream replacement would be Karo Parisyan, but he's set to fight Thiago Alves. What about newly signed Yoshiyuki Yoshida? Tough fight for anyone on 1 and half months notice.