As expected, it was announced Tuesday the Octagon’s long awaited return to Brazil will showcase a middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. “UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” takes place August 27th inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
As the roster currently stands, a light heavyweight rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin will co-headline the fiesta.
The pay-per-view broadcast airs live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Here are the athletes expected to participate in show:
Alexandre Ferreire vs. Rousimar Palhares*
Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell*
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
Maiquel Falcao vs. Tom Lawlor
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Luiz Cane
Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Yushin Okami vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)
* – Not officially announced by UFC