The UFC today officially announced UFC 122: Belfort Vs Okami which will take place in Germany on November 13th.
With today’s news that Chael Sonnen tested positive for steroids and now faces a year’s suspension the headline bout takes on added significance and the promotion have confirmed that the winner will fight Anderson Silva for the title in 2011.
“We are glad to be coming back to Germany with UFC 122 and to reward our loyal UFC fans in Germany,” the UFC’s Managing Director Of International Development Marshall Zelaznik declares in the press release for the event. “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.”
Not every fighter likes to head overseas to fight, but Vitor Belfort is relishing the opportunity to make a statement in Germany after spending the last year out through injury.
“It is a joy to go to other parts of the world and fight for fans there,” Belfort says in the UFC’s press release. “I am here to regain my legacy as one of the best fighters in the world. I’ve accomplished so many things in my career, but I am always happy to be in the gym and working on getting better.
“The German fans will see a 100% performance from me against Okami. I am looking for the knockout, I always look for the knockout. I know Okami is the type of guy who can bang a little and also has that judo style, but I am on a mission to be the UFC Champion once again.”
Many see Belfort as the ideal replacement for Sonnen in a title fight with Silva, but Japanese star Yushin Okami has other plans.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to fight a great like Vitor Belfort in the main event of a big card,” Okami says. “Vitor Belfort is still kind of my idol, so I am very excited. He will bring out the very best in me. Belfort is a great fighter but I feel I have certain advantages I can use in the fight. I will shock MMA fans around the world with my performance.”
UFC 122 is not a pay-per-view event and will instead air on a tape-delay basis in the US on Spike TV.