Yushin Okami was penciled in for a UFC 90 title fight against reigning king Anderson Silva back in January 2006, but was forced to withdraw courtesy of a broken hand. Fast forward four years and the Japanese stud finds himself in nearly the same predicament – assuming a victory at UFC 122, of course.
“It’s going to be a big challenge because Nate Marquardt is a very well-rounded fighter and he has no weakness,” Okami said of Saturday’s opponent. “He has very good finishing power so I should be very careful about that. I’m prepared for the fight and I know that when I do what I have to do, it’s going be a very exciting fight.
“I would like to finish with a KO or submission. I’ve been training for finishing Nate Marquardt in three rounds so I have no pressure of decision or anything like that.”
The planet’s baddest 185-pounder puts his strap on the line against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 on February 5th, with either “Nate the Great” or Okami-san getting next dibs.
The stars will certainly have to align for Okami to get his rematch with Silva, but it’s clear he would love nothing more than to validate his controversial disqualification victory over the Brazilian from back in January of 2006.
“I’d would like to fight against Mr. Anderson since there is unfinished business between I and Mr. Anderson,” the 29-year-old stated. “Anderson Silva is one of my goals so this is a very important step for me.”
UFC 122 will be jumping off this Saturday inside the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Please click the media player below if you missed their controversial scrap at “Rumble on the Rock 8”: