To help inject some much-need life into a relatively slow MMA news week, UFC president Dana White told USAToday middleweight king Anderson Silva will put his title on the line against Yushin Okami at UFC Rio. The 185-pounders will headline the Octagon’s highly anticipated return to Brazil.
Silva owns a dominant 28-4 professional record, which includes 14 straight victories. “The Spider” was last seen jamming his foot in Vitor Belfort’s face this past February. The 1stRound knockout win marked a record eight consecutive UFC title defenses.
The baddest middleweight in bare feet hasn’t dropped a scrap since 2006. Speaking of which…
Okami finally gets his shot at the bling-bling. The Japanese star holds an underrated 26-5 record and earned his next dibs status by beating Nate Marquardt at UFC 122 last November. “Thunder” is the last man to hang a loss on the Brazilian. He took a disqualification win over Silva at “Rumble on the Rock 8” courtesy of an illegal up-kick to Okami face.
They were scheduled to rematch at UFC 90 back in October 2008, but a broken hand forced Okami out of the mulligan. Patrick Cote ended up losing to Silva via TKO after blowing out his own knee.
UFC Rio takes place August 27th inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Here are the athletes rumored to participate in the fiesta:
Royce Gracie vs. TBD
Yushin Okami vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)