(Rock beats scissors.)
Dave Meltzer from The Wrestling Observer is reporting that a number two middleweight contender match-up between Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort is being planned for UFC 122 November 13 in Oberhausen, Germany.
According to Meltzer, the winner of the bout will likely take on the winner of the Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva rematch some time in 2011. According to reports last week, that fight could happen as early as December, but may not take place until SuperBowl weekend.
As I wrote last week, a Belfort-Okami match-up makes the most sense for the UFC at this point, especially since both fighters have been on the UFC’s title contention radar for some time and since Silva will be tied up with Sonnen, matching these two up will determine the next guy in line.
That is if they can both stay healthy. Statistically, the pair are two of the organization’s least active and most injury-prone middleweights.
Belfort (19-8) has been on the sidelines with a shoulder injury sustained soon after his KO victory over Rich Franklin at UFC 103 last September — a bout that was contested at a 195-pound catchweight. He has only fought three times since 2007, but has won all three of those bouts via knockout.
Okami (25-5) has been hit hard with injuries the past couple years. Originally slated to take on Silva at UFC 90, he was forced to give up his shot when a broken hand forced him to withdraw from the bout. A torn ligament also led to him bowing out of a UFC 98 clash with Dan Miller.
UFC 122 will be broadcast free on Spike TV.