Rizin FF 6 grand prix heavyweight Tyler King out to prove Amir Aliakbari is a fugazi

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Heavyweight veteran Tyler King has a fight on Sunday against Amir Aliakbari, and he plans on proving a major point.

King (12-5) fights Aliakbari (6-1) as part of the first round of the grand prix tournament at Rizin FF 6 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, near Tokyo.

The fight is one King says he asked for because he wanted to prove his opponent isn’t any kind of up-and-comer to be watched out for. When you throw out words like “fugazi,” you usually mean business.

“This is the fight that I pursued,” King recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “This guy – he’s a fugazi. I want to expose him. I’m being a little harsh, but you look at a guy like that and he hasn’t been tested. Every time he’s been tested, he’s either folded or does nothing but go for a takedown, gets a crucifix and finishes it out. He’s not an exciting fighter and he hasn’t fought any tough competition.”

Those who want to play devil’s advocate with King likely would mention that Aliakbari is coming off a win over Geronimo dos Santos, a veteran of nearly 60 fights and 39 pro wins. And he has a win over UFC veteran Heath Herring this past December for Rizin FF. Two nights later, he fought Mirko Filipovic – the only loss of his career.

King is coming off a 98-second TKO loss Keith Bell at CES MMA 41 in January, which snapped a three-fight winning streak that included victories for Bellator and WSOF.

But in King’s mind, Aliakbari is far from all that, at least compared to him. So he went to work trying to get the fight, even if that meant starting stuff on Twitter.

“Three months ago, people say I started this Twitter beef or Twitter war,” he said. “There’s no Twitter war. This is a fight I wanted and pursued. This is a fight I made happen. This fight happened because of me. Amir hasn’t done anything.”

And on Sunday, King plans to keep him in that category of having not done anything, at least against him. When he’s done, he plans on continuing to stake his claim among the heavyweight ranks.

“Now I’m going to go out there and take what’s rightfully mine and assume my spot among the upper echelon of heavyweights.”

For more on Rizin FF 6, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2490 with Kurt Holobaugh, Eryk Anders, Tyler King, Ryan Stoddard

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2490 with guests Kurt Holobaugh, Eryk Anders, Tyler King, and Ryan Stoddard.

Holobaugh talked about his recent win at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, where he earned a contract back in the UFC after defeating Matt Bessette. Anders, a former college football player at Alabama, makes his UFC debut Saturday at UFC on FOX 25 vs. Rafael Natal. King travels to Japan to compete at Rizin FF 6 vs. Amir Aliakbari on July 30. Victory Fighting Championship promoter Stoddard joined the program to talk about his upcoming card, VFC 58, which takes place Saturday and airs on UFC Fight Pass.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Eryk Anders, Kurt Holobaugh, Tyler King, Ryan Stoddard

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Eryk Anders, Kurt Holobaugh, Tyler King and Ryan Stoddard.

Anders fights Rafael Natal on Saturday at UFC on FOX 25. Holobaugh defeated Matt Bessette on July 11 at Dana White’s Contender Series 1. King fights Amir Aliakbari on July 30 at Rizin FF 6. Promoter Stoddard is getting ready for Saturday’s Victory FC 58 event.

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