A middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami looks set to be the first major fight lined up for the UFC’s return to Brazil in August.
That’s according to Silva’s friend and training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who states that the fight is in the works during his weekly column for the ‘O Globo’ newspaper in his native Brazil.
If this does prove to be the case then it puts to bed, for the moment at least, the persistant rumors of a superfight between Silva and Georges St.Pierre.
While Silva Vs Okami is not the fight that fans have been clamoring for it is only fair that the Japanese fighter gets his chance after being promised the next title shot following a victory over Nate Marquardt late last year.
There is also added intrigue with this match-up in that Okami is the last fighter to have beaten Silva back in 2006 prior to ‘The Spider’ joining the UFC, though his victory came via a technicality after the Brazilian was disqualified for an illegal up-kick.
Since that fight Okami has went 12-3, while Silva has gone on a remarkable 14 fight unbeaten run at the highest level.
For much of that run Silva hasn’t been as big a star as you might expect in his native Brazil, but his recent win over his countryman Vitor Belfort was widely followed in the country and has helped to boost his popularity tremondously, ensuring that he’ll receive a hero’s welcome on August 27th.
Update: Reacting to the Silva Vs Okami rumor, UFC officials state that no decision on the fight will be made until after UFC 129, which implies that they have not yet given up hope of a Silva Vs GSP fight happening later this year.