Regardless of its main event status, the middleweight fight between Michael Bisping
and Yoshihiro Akiyama
that will close out UFC 120
is not a match with major title implications, a rarity for headline bouts in the promotion.
Bisping, after all, is just 2-2 in his last four fights while Akiyama is just 1-1 since beginning his career in the octagon. Instead, it's simply a respectable matchup of high-caliber fighters, one of whom is extremely popular in the area hosting the event, another extremely popular in the area in which the promoter would like to be hosting future events.
That aside, however, it is also happens to be extremely competitive matchmaking. An inside look at the stats shows just how similar they've performed in recent bouts.