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Sexyama Fights Pitbull This Summer

Up-to-the-minute news about the UFC 149 fight card, taking place July 21 in Calgary, Canada.

More fight card updates:
UFC on FUEL TV 2 - April 14
UFC 145 - April 21
UFC on FOX 3 - May 5
UFC on FUEL TV 3 - May 15
Strikeforce San Jose - May 19
UFC 146 - May 26
TUF Live Finale - June 1
UFC on FX 3 - June 8
UFC on FX 4 - June 22
UFC 147 - June 23
UFC 148 - July 7
This summer's Calgary fight card has received a dose of star power from two of the most exciting fighters in the welterweight division who've agreed to face off at UFC 149. Judo black belt Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama will battle BJJ brown belt Thiago "Pitbull" Alves in a matchup between ground specialists who love to stand and trade.

Also in Calgary, rangy George Roop will take on one of Canada's top featherweights, BJJ black belt Antonio Carvalho.

Calgary Fight Card Coming Together updated April 6
Verbal agreements are trickling in for UFC 149, set for Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, July 21, with a trio of bouts now on tap.

A middleweight rematch will go down between Alberta's own Nick Ring and Court McGee. Ring won a controversial decision over McGee in the first round of Ultimate Fighter season 11. McGee got back into the competition due to a dropout and would have faced Ring again, but then Ring was injured and forced t withdraw. McGee went on to eventually win the season.

Bantamweight Bryan Caraway will be taking on Canadian Mitch Gagnon. Caraway is a WEC and UFC veteran and an Ultimate Fighter alum, while Gagnon is one of Canada's best bantamweight prospects and a proven finisher who's never gone to the scorecards.

Two returning lightweights, Finland’s Anton Kuivanen and Canada’s Mitch Clarke, will look to earn their first Octagon wins and stake out their spot in the division.

The main event is expected to be a title defense for reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo against an opponent to be named.

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