Anderson Silva vs.Yushin Okami set for UFC: RioPosted on April 13, 2011, 09:02 PM by Joey Santosus
It appears, win or lose in Toronto, Georges St. Pierre will not be next to face Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Instead, "The Spider" will take on top contender Yushin Okami at UFC: Rio in August.
Following earlier reports from Tatame.com, UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout with USA Today on Wednesday.
Okami was expected to get his long awaited title shot after defeating Nate Marquardt in November. However, those plans were thought to be sidelined when he learned shortly thereafter that he may 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.
Since the announcment however, "GSP" has insisted that he would need adequate time to properly put on the neccassary weight to accept the fight, which may have led to the promotion's decision to keep Silva active in the meantime.
This past February, Silva (28-4) extended his record for most consecutive title defenses to eight by knocking out Vitor Belfort in the opening round of their UFC 126 match-up. It was his fourteenth straight victory, thirteen of which have come under the UFC banner.
Okami (26-5), meanwhile, is the last fighter to claim a victory over "The Spider," after the Brazilian was disqualified due to illegal strikes during their 2006 match-up at Rumble on the Rock 8. In addition to his recent win over Marquardt, "Thunder" has amassed a record of 10-2 with the promotion, with victories over Alan Belcher, Evan Tanner, Mark Munoz, and others.
UFC: Rio is set to take place August 27th from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will mark the promotion's first trip back to Brazil since 1998. The Middleweight title bout between Silva and Okami will likely serve as headliner for the landmark fight card.