For the first time in five years, Yushin Okami (Pictured) will have the opportunity to fight in front of his fellow countrymen. On Tuesday, it was announced Okami will meet Tim Boetsch at UFC 144 in Japan.
Okami was last seen losing to middleweight king Anderson Silva at UFC 134. The August defeat snapped “Thunder’s” three-fight winning streak.
Boetsch has rattled off two consecutive wins since dropping to the 185-pound division. “The Barbarian” is victorious in six of his last seven outings, with his most recent victory coming in a unanimous decision over Nick Ring at UFC 135 in September.
The Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan will host the February 26th event. A lightweight title scrap between champion Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson is scheduled to headline the card.
Here are the athletes slated to appear in the show:
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)