Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami II possible for UFC: Rio in AugustPosted on April 9, 2011, 05:33 PM by Joey Santosus
According to reports out of Tatame.com, a Middleweight title clash between division Champion Anderson Silva and perennial contender Yushin Okami is being rumored as part of the UFC's return trip to Brazil this Summer.
According to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former UFC heavyweight champion and his training partner, Silva will fight Yushin Okami, the last opponent to defeat him (by DQ at Rumble on the Rock 8, in 2006), trying to set a new record of nine straight title defenses in the UFC. The return of the organization to Brazil will take place at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena, on August 27.
Okami was expected to get his long awaited title shot after defeating Nate Marquardt in November. However, those plans were soon sidelined when he learned shortly thereafter that he may instead have to await the outcome of Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre's UFC 129 bout with Jake Shields. If victorious, UFC President Dana White had stated that St. Pierre, not Okami, would likely be next in line to face Silva. In the time since however, "GSP" has expressed a reluctance to put on the necessary weight to accept the fight, possibly leaving the door open for Silva vs. Okami II.
Okami is the last fighter to claim a victory over "The Spider," who was disqualified due to illegal strikes during their 2006 match-up at Rumble on the Rock 8. In addition to his recent victory over Marquardt, "Thunder" has amassed a record of 10-2 with the promotion (26-5 overall), with victories over Alan Belcher, Evan Tanner, Mark Munoz, and others.