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Rumor of the Day: Anderson Silva to Fight Yushin Okami at UFC Rio

Anderson Silva ” src=”” alt=” width=”390″ height=”260″ />Does this look like the face of a man who would coast for five rounds to an unspectacular win?

Even before the UFC’s return to Rio de Janeiro has a Wikipedia page, Anderson Silva is rumored to have his opponent in place.  Tatame is reporting that, according to Black House teammate Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Anderson Silva will be fighting Yushin Okami at UFC Rio.  The fight will extend Anderson Silva’s title defense record to nine straight.

Yushin Okami is riding a three fight win streak, with his most recent victory being an unspectacular decision over Nate Marquardt back at UFC 122.  Fortunately, there are two things that will hopefully keep this one from getting unspeakably boring quickly.  For one, Anderson Silva is fighting in his home country for the first time since 2003.  Also of note, Yushin Okami is the last person to defeat gain a victory over Anderson Silva.  In 2006, the two fought at Rumble on the Rock 8.  In the opening round, Anderson Silva knocked out Okami with an illegal upkick.  Because Okami was unable to continue, he was awarded a disqualification victory.

GIF of the upkick, courtesy of, after the jump.

-Seth Falvo

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mttartaruga- April 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Nice that Silva will be fighting in his home country! I returned today from Brasil and only a few people even knew who he was!! This is a crime considering how he dominates his sport. Hey Brasil, time to change the channel from futebol and watch MMA; there are better athletes to watch than Neymar.
fingerssfv- April 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm
That was fu*ked up of him to up-kick Okami, then he acted like he didn't do anything wrong and now he's mad? Come now! I watched him battering Ryo Chonan until that flying scissors Chonan pulled on Silva. Boy was he tapping like a drummer? Then the fight against the other Japanese fighter, when that guy threw a triangle on Silva. Those were surprising, because it's hard to fatham Silva getting caught in anything.
andersonsyourmom- April 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
silva by whatever he wants.
Chiggs- April 11, 2011 at 11:36 am
Chiggs- April 11, 2011 at 11:35 am
Ya the no Upkick rule sucks ass!! Why its illegal Stateside is beyond me. Same as the one Gegard lays on Jardine, shouldnt have been a fuckin Point deduction, warning maybe, but not a point, bullshit call on a bullshit rule. Hell the one he Ko's Jacare with is probably the best upkick of all time lol. Happens so damn fast and hard...
ArmFarmer- April 11, 2011 at 6:12 am
That said, Sonnen proved Okamis wrestling is not up to par with elite American wrestlers, so he may have problems. He still should have the edge though, given takedowns have never been Andersons strong point.

I just think it's kind of sad that a fight is announced for the dominant ufc champion and most of the comments revolve around whether he will actually fight or not...
ArmFarmer- April 11, 2011 at 6:09 am
You guys are getting wrestling and bjj confused again. To say this is the type of fight silva clowns in is not correct. Silva clowned against Leites and Maia, two pure bjj guys. Pure bjj guys are typically lacking in the takedown department because they aren't emphasized in bjj, they don't count for as much.

Okami's strength is wrestling, therefore the fight should be more similar to silvas vs Henderson, Lutter, and Sonnen. Wrestlers are far more aggressive and succesful with takedowns, so HOPEFULY Okami will push Silva and make him fight, or make him lay on his back and eat elbows. Either is fine with me.
SnackDaddy- April 11, 2011 at 12:38 am
Man that GIF is fun to watch. I hope it happens again. Nothing's gonna stand in the way of my Silva-GSP fight.
AndyInflammatory- April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm
oh I trust you dont worry
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rampage01- April 10, 2011 at 6:35 am
why even making that fight, silva is a god among men right? nobody can beat him. I mean he is just impossible to beat now. I love sarcasm.
Bob Reilly- April 10, 2011 at 6:29 am
Brasilian? That sounds like a lot!
just some dong- April 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm
Fucking Christ is Silva lethal. That is one sick kick. I hope Okami can show us something now that he's finally gotten his long-awaited shot.
Spicymeatball- April 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Vera- April 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

'I’m more inclined to think that silva would put on a show infront of braxilians…'
Are they from Braxil?
Clyde- April 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm
How much anderson fucks around is inversely proportional to how dangerous his opponent is. If Okami gets a takedown in the first minute, then he won't spend the rest of the fight dancing around and playing.

And yeah, upkicks from the guard should be OK even if the guy has both knees down. It would certainly help persuade certain people *cough* fitch *cough* to try and advance positions after a take down, and actually helps provide an opportunity to do so. Assuming you don't get knocked out by them.
Sloppyspray- April 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm
@null kuhl and @waxed pants

I think the only reason those are illegal is b/c they needed to make a blanket rule regarding kicks on the ground which covered everything they wanted the rule to cover, which unfortunately sometimes pulls into it strikes that should still be allowed, e.g., the kick in the face when both guys are on the ground a la A. Silva.

This is similar to no knees when your opponent is downed, so everyone just puts their hand on the ground now.

Also, how did the rest of this fight go? (ashamed to say I never watched it)
Waxedpants- April 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm
@null kuhl

I don't get it either .... that's very hard to do and looks fucking awesome when it lands.
RoyNelsonMuntz- April 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Thank God for an Anderson Silva-related article that doesn't involve some hypothetical dream "superfight". Back to reality, people.
SethF- April 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

True, he might be careful at first, but he'll pull the trigger. For an example of this, see Silva vs. Belfort.
your mother.- April 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm
good for okami. about goddamn time.
Null Kuhl- April 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm
I still fail to understand why upkicks like that are illegal.
bitteralex- April 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm
also glad to see okami finally get a title shot... don't know who he pissed off at zuffa but looks like they finally forgave him... or he's the only one left that hasn't fought silva
bitteralex- April 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm
I'm more inclined to think that silva would put on a show infront of braxilians... I know a couple... if he fights like he did in the Maia fight, they might riot...
Dagnut- April 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm
You think because it's in Rio Silva will come out swinging? I'm inclined too think the opposite...he won't want to lose in front of his home crowd