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Belfort-Okami All But Signed for UFC 122, Which Will Be Free on Spike TV

 
(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.


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Dagnut- August 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm
The middle weight division is seriously struggling..So is Marquardt totally out of the picture ? He'll beat Palharres and where does that leave him...I thought he could of beat Sonnen... I would of let Marquardt fight Okami and Sonnen Fight Belfor cos Sliva isn't coming back any time soon
just some dong- August 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm
A damn good fight. I see Okami dragging Vitor through the mud before getting KO'd in the later half of the fight. At any rate we'll see what The Phenom's made of.
fatbellyfrank- August 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm
I would only trust Meltzer with info on the Undertakers movements
ghostboner- August 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Well this was my 2nd choice, so I guess I can't get too mad. Would be nice if Dana returned my calls though...
Shifty-Eyed Dog- August 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm
I also find it amusing he's off to Germany after talking about wanting to stay in the US to fight. If I recall from one of White's video blogs, Belfort even just moved to Vegas! LOL
Shifty-Eyed Dog- August 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Traditionally, the events taking place in Europe have aired free on Spike (just like Europe gets to watch the US PPV events on free TV). I think the Abu Dhabi was a different story because there isn't a big PPV audience there (do they even have PPV?), so they had to charge for it in the US to make some $$.

As for the Belfort-Okami matchup, I'm good with it. Sonnen deserves another shot after such a close fight, but these two are definitely the next in line.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 30, 2010 at 11:18 am
Vitor by act of God in rd. 1.
Just axe him he'll tell you.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- August 30, 2010 at 10:57 am
Should be a good fight cant wait think Okami will outwrestle Vitor n keep him down for the decision!
GILL-uh-TEEN- August 30, 2010 at 10:35 am
@jimbonics You didn't get your refund check in the mail?
Merlin- August 30, 2010 at 10:32 am
Man that's a tough fight because Okami possesses all the necessary skills to beat Belfort (ala Randy Couture).

However since the "The Phenom" reinvented himself, and now even trains at Xtreme Couture, its anyone's guess as to who can find a chink in Vitor's armour and arsenal.

I'm picking VB!

fACE7biter- August 30, 2010 at 10:15 am
About time, this fight definitely makes the most sense. Both guys need one more fight to prove whether or not they'll actually be a challenge for Silva/Sonnen. In Belforts case, he needs to just show atleast once that he can make weight at 185, stay healthy, and win a fight at middleweight. After that, I'm fine with him getting a title shot. Outside of the four guys mentioned above, theres no one else at middlweight ready for contendership.
ChrisH- August 30, 2010 at 10:14 am
UFC 120 is also on Spike - so I guess Dana is just trying to spoil us.
jimbonics- August 30, 2010 at 10:08 am
Free on Spike? Is this Dana's "make-up" for Abu Dhabi?
ChrisH- August 30, 2010 at 9:54 am
I thought Belfort didn't wait to fight outside of the states because he doesn't want to travel anymore?
Dirt- August 30, 2010 at 9:44 am
I don't even want to be 1st
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