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 themmanews.com, after the jump.