Belfort vs Silva official; Okami to face Marquardt at UFC 122 (UPDATED)Posted on September 22, 2010, 07:04 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Despite just being announced officially yesterday, Yushin Okami will no longer face Vitor Belfort at UFC 122 in Germany. The Brazilian was forced off the card originally citing an unspecified injury, but it turns out UFC President has other plans for Belfort, following Chael Sonnen's year long ban from the sport.
Following the announcement, UFC took the move to announce Yushin Okami vs Nate Marquardt as the main event, and that the winner will face Middleweight king Anderson Silva some time in the new year.
Belfort was originally set to face Silva back at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, but pulled out with a shoulder problem. He faced off against Rich Franklin at UFC 103 at a catchweight of 195 pounds, and quickly KO'd the former Middlweight Champ. Now, Belfort will face Anderson Silva once the Middleweight Champ is fully healed from his rib problems, as Dana White today made it official:
For Marquardt, a much covetted second title shot is now in reach, as he will face Yushin "Thunder" Okami, with a title shot on the line. Marquardt was last seen quickly finishing Rousimar Palhares by R1 TKO. Overall, he is 30-9-2. An official announcement from UFC is expected immediately.
Belfort discusses "the best present ever":
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