UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has chosen a somewhat curious opponent for Yushin Okami for his next fight, considering that the only losses he’s had in the past three years came against arguably the number one and number two middleweights in the world.
Having beaten Kendall Grove and Nick Ring — both by decision — in his last two outings since dropping to middleweight, Boetsch has not faced the level of competition that Okami has at 185. Prior to his latest two-fight win streak, “The Barbarian” was stopped by Phil Davis’ patented “Philmura” at UFC 123.
UFC 144 will also feature a main event featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.
Saitama Super Arena
February 26, 2011
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. TBA
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch