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Anderson Silva expecting title defense against Yushin Okami in Rio

It appears a potential super-fight between George St. Pierre and Anderson Silva may be put on hold regardless of how St. Pierre fares against Jake Shields in their title-bout later this month as word of a pending match-up with Yushin Okami in August has surfaced from a reliable source in Silva’s camp.

According to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a long time friend and training partner of Silva’s, “The Spider” will face Okami on August 27 in Rio de Janeiro in hopes of defending his title for the ninth straight time with his Brazilian countrymen bearing witness to the feat.

Nogueira’s statements came via a conversation with Tatame.

If Silva does indeed face Okami at the event it will pit him against the last man to defeat him in the ring, albeit by way of disqualification after the UFC’s middleweight champ rendered his kneeling opponent defenseless with an illegal kick while in his guard. Silva has gone on to win fourteen consecutive fights since the January 2006 loss.

Okami has found success in his last three outings including decision wins over Mark Munoz and Nate Marquardt. He holds an overall record of 26-5 including ten wins and two losses inside the Octagon.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Glad to see Okami finally getting the title shot he deserves.

  • Not like it’ll matter, Okami’s striking is so so at best and his wrestling isnt Chael Sonnen’s…9 straight title defenses for the greatest middleweight of all time…comin up!

  • MCM says:

    I think alot of people are gonna underestimate Okami in this one. I’m not saying he’ll be able to finish Silva, but it’s definitely gonna be competitive. Chael isn’t the best (read good) striker, but he was able to tag Silva quite a few times in their fight. And now that Okami is training with Team Quest, you can bet that his wrestling is light years ahead of when than the first time they met.
    Silva has all the tools to dismantle anyone in the world, but no one should underestimate Yushin.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Sonnen’s wrestling is dramatically better than Okami’s. Without his wrestling, Sonnen would’ve been outclassed by Silva. Okami just isn’t at the same level as Silva in any respect. Silva wins, imo.

  • Dufresne says:

    Maybe we’ll get to see a fired up and pissed off Silva in this fight. He’s said a number of times that he thought Okami took the coward’s way out in their last fight by not continuing after the illegal shot.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Okami def deserves the shot the brazil card will be one of the best of the year.

    I’ll continue to say there will be NO super fights anytime soon… Especially with the inevitable title unifications down the road.

  • YetiLee says:

    That is fine by me. I would rather see GSP fight Nick Diaz anyways, that is the super fight they need to make!


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