I know the U.S. has had troubles beating Mexico in the past. I also find it fitting that they beat them to qualify for the World Cup before they did. I think the U.S. has a good chance to do some things in Germany next year.
Akiyama needs to drop down to 170. He's just too small for the middleweight division. I don't think the UFC will cut him since he's a big name in Japan, but I can see Dana 'gently encouraging' Akiyama to go to the lower weight class.