On the heels of Wednesday’s press conference in Brazil, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced the main card for their return trip to jiu jitsu country. “UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” takes place August 27th inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Middleweight king Anderson Silva puts his crown on the line against Yushin Okami in the night’s featured attraction. A light heavyweight rematch between former champs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin will serve as the co-main event.
“Anderson Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” said UFC president Dana White. “He has won 14 straight and hasn’t lost since January 2006, when he lost a controversial fight against none other than Yushin Okami. Okami is the number two middleweight in the world and a powerhouse in that division. He is the winningest Japanese fighter in UFC history and also the only guy to have beaten the greatest fighter in the world in the last seven years.
“He wants to do it again, but this time, in Anderson’s home country and win the UFC middleweight title. If he does, he will be the first ever Japanese champion.”
The pay-per-view broadcast will air live in America at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Here are the athletes expected to appear in the extravaganza:
Antonio Carvalho vs. Yuri Alcantara
Alexandre Ferreire vs. Rousimar Palhares
Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
Mike Swick vs. Erick Silva
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Luiz Cane*
Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira*
Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza*
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin*
Yushin Okami vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)*
* – Officially confirmed in press release