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Anderson not waiting for GSP, possibly headlining UFC Rio to fight Okami

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-14 00:33:39 +0000 #1

While it appears Strikeforce is inching toward a Fedor vs. Dan Henderson superfight, the UFC may be moving away from one of its own.

That's because according to a report from Tatame, Anderson Silva will not be waiting for the result of Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields and will, instead, take on Yushin Okami on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Apparently, the word comes from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, "The Spider's" training partner and close friend.

If true, it will mark the ninth time Silva will defend his middleweight title inside the Octagon, this one being a rematch of a 2006 bout that saw Okami defeat the Brazilian via controversial disqualification.

That loss marked the last time the 185-pound champion has tasted defeat, as he went on to defeat Tony Fryklund before beginning his historic run in the UFC.

Okami has built an impressive Octagon resume of his own, winning 10 of his 12 fights with the UFC, the most recent of which, over Nate Marquardt in Germany, was supposed to earn him a long-awaited shot at the middleweight crown.

However, after Silva's impressive destruction of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, fight fans began calling for Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre to move up to middleweight for the superfight of the century.

Company President Dana White was reportedly entertaining the idea but if this report is to be believed, that may no longer be the case.

Agree with the idea of finally giving Yushin Okami a title shot and rematch against Silva? Or would you have preferred waiting on GSP?

Sound off, Maniacs.

Ash2011-04-14 00:49:00 +0000 #2
May as well. Plus, seeing all 3 Okami fans here sad is easily one of the funniest things possible on the forum.
Best80smovieRAD2011-04-14 01:06:18 +0000 #3
I think the fight makes sense simply because GSP seems to not be ducking but trying to push the fight back a bit

UFC Rio has no headliner considering Wandy didnt want to fight Vitor, JDS is fighting Brock, Aldo late this month, and the Nog brothers i dont feel should be headlining an event.

Shogun I guess could be ready but aside from him you have no high profile brazilian. Anderson without a doubt should be fighting at this event. Also, this will finally clear Okamis name off the list for Anderson.
hytseraph2011-04-14 01:06:09 +0000 #4
Okami will grind out Silva the same way Chael did, so I'd rather not see Silva be embarrassed in front of his own fans in his home country. Perhaps I'm too sympathetic, but I believe you should lose a belt in a place where you have [very] few fans.
thekillerkiwi2011-04-14 01:08:39 +0000 #5
Well I guess we can finally shut up the Okami nuthuggers who think he "beat" silva and thus offers the strongest competition to him. Also I suppose we can lay to rest how the UFC has passed him up as opposed to him blowing his opportunities to get a title shot.
krazo1012011-04-14 02:20:00 +0000 #6
Bout friking time. But I have a feeling GSP will use this as an excuse not to fight Silva. I already get the feeling he isn't down to move up to 185.



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