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Sexy is back this weekend at ONE Championship 97.

For the first time since November 2015, Yoshihiro Akiyama is set to compete in MMA action when he takes on Agilan Thani in a middleweight bout at ONE Championship 97 on Friday.

Akiyama (14-6) has rarely been seen or heard from after losing five of six fights to end his UFC tenure, but now he has popped back up in his old stomping grounds in Asia. He may be 43, but Akiyama was still looking sharp as ever as he made his first fight week appearance at ONE Championship 97 media day.

Check it out:

ONE Championship 97 takes place at Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China. The main card streams on B/R Live following prelims on Facebook and Twitter.

The latest ONE Championship 97 lineup includes (MMA bouts only):


  • Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Agilan Thani
  • Koyomi Matsushima vs. Won Il Kwon
  • Reinier de Ridder vs. Gilberto Galvao

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, Twitter, 5 a.m. ET)

  • Anthony Engelen vs. Chen Lei
  • Sherif Mohamed vs. Fan Rong
  • Niu Kang Kang vs. Eric Kelly
  • Chang Min Yoon vs. Trestle Tan
  • Itsuki Hirata vs. Angelie Sabanal
  • Victorio Senduk vs. Phoe Thaw

For more on ONE Championship 97, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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