Winner of Okami vs Belfort to get the next shot at Anderson Silva; UFC 122 poster revealedPosted on September 20, 2010, 02:52 PM by Daniel Cassidy
"We are glad to be coming back to Germany with UFC 122 and to reward our loyal UFC fans in Germany. Both Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami are one win away from a shot at the UFC Middleweight Title and are coming to Germany with a great deal to win and lose. This is a sporting event with tremendous international significance, and we are delighted to have been able to bring this event to Oberhausen."
These are the official words from UFC Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik. Only a week ago, the UFC were all set to announce Chael Sonnen vs Anderson Silva part II, with the winner of Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort's UFC 122 bout set to wait in the wings. But now, a New Years super rematch is out the window, with Chael Sonnen failing a drug test. Now, Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort will fight it out for a potential shot at Silva, once he returns from his rib injury.
Middleweight veteran Okami is the last fighter to "beat" Anderson Silva, as The Spider was DQ'd following an illegal upkick. He is currently 25-5, and has only been stopped once in his career. Okami was on his way to a title shot when he ran into Chael Sonnen, losing by unanimous decision, before going to train with the Oregan native. Since his loss, Okami has rebound well, showing vastly improved wrestling, as well as exceptional stand up against Lucio Linhares and Mark Munoz. A win against Belfort would easily be the biggest win of the Japanese fighters career, and lead him to a title match, and a rematch with Silva.
Belfort, currently 19-8, is on a 5 win streak. Despite being set to originally meet Silva at UFC 117, Belfort dropped out with a shoulder injury, and will now have a second chance to fight Silva. The bout with Okami is set to go down at UFC 122 in Germany on the 13th of November. In his last 5 fights, he has finished 4 of his opponents, and is on the best form of his life. He holds notable wins over Wanderlei Silva, Heath Herring and Randy Couture.