Yoshihiro Akiyama held a press conference today in Tokyo to address his recent signing of an exclusive contract with the UFC. He revealed that his deal would be for six fights, with the first to come in August. Akiyama confirmed that he would stay in the middleweight division, and said that Dana White wants to build him up to face Anderson Silva. He offered a statement of confidence:
"I want to press forward, never forgetting the feeling of challenge. Right now we are in a depression but when you see the fight I put up, conditions will turn around!"