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UFC Fight Bookings and Rumors: Okami/Miller, Johnson/Howard + More


("Another mid-level opponent who doesn’t put me any closer to a title shot? Sweet!")

— Well, at least the UFC hasn’t completely forgotten about Yushin Okami. The perennial top middleweight contender, who has won his last three fights against Jason MacDonald, Evan Tanner, and most recently Dean Lister in December, will reportedly be back in action at UFC 98 (May 23rd, Las Vegas) against Dan Miller. In his last 10 fights, Miller has gone 9-0 with one no-contest, and has been undefeated in the Octagon, picking up wins against Rob Kimmons, Matt Horwich, and Jake Rosholt. An impressive win for Okami would further cement his case for a title shot, though we get the feeling that "Thunder" would have to rack up a few consecutive wins by stoppage before the UFC finally gives him a chance. With Serra/Hughes now official, the UFC 98 card is lookin’ stacked.

— Exciting welterweight rising star Anthony Johnson and impressive prospect John Howard have agreed to meet at the TUF 9 finale in June. Johnson is riding a two-fight win streak after his first-round TKO over Luigi Fioravanti at last month’s UFC Fight Night 17, and his highlight-reel head-kick KO of Kevin "Pokey" Burns at the TUF 8 finale in December. A veteran of the IFL and various regional MMA leagues in the East Coast, Howard made his Octagon debut at UFC 94, winning a split decision against Chris Wilson and taking home one of the event’s Fight of the Night bonuses.


Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve and British welterweight Paul Taylor have been added to UFC 99 (June 13th; Cologne, Germany), though opponents for them haven’t been announced yet. [Update: Struve will be facing Denis Stojnic, and Taylor will be taking on German newcomer Peter Sobotta.] Both fighters face must-win situations. Though Struve built up an impressive record in European leagues, he got smoked in his Octagon debut last month against Junior Dos Santos, succumbing to a hail of punches just 54 seconds into round one. Most recently dropping a decision to Chris Lytle in October, Taylor has lost three of his last four fights in the UFC, though he picked up Fight of the Night bonuses in all three losing efforts.

If Mauro Ranallo can be believed, Joe Stevenson and Mac Danzig will next face each other in a "loser leaves town" match.

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Krazy Kracker- March 5, 2009 at 12:10 am
Stevenson is still one of the five best lightweight fighters in the world. You lose two fights to the top three and face being fired? Not that I'm worried, not a snowball's chance in hell he loses to Mac 'Pass the Humus' Danzig. I wish that guy would practice killing himself.
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Mantooth- March 4, 2009 at 7:45 am
Okami deserves a shot at the title, he knows it, we know it, Dana knows it. What I think Dana is doing is possibly setting up a major fight with the champ at the end of the year. All Okami has to do is prove he is still worthy by beating up whoever Dana puts in front of him till then.
armfarmer- March 4, 2009 at 7:38 am
and yes I do realize the last nobody kos fought ko'd him but that doesn't change the fact that I don't give a shit about the fight and that happening just creates a stupid situation in the rankings. You can't really drop kos that much lower because of a fluky loss and you can't really propel Paulo to the top because of a fluky win. That's just my opinion though, I just don't like seeing nobodys matched up with contenders it's boring and pointless even if there's an upset.
armfarmer- March 4, 2009 at 7:34 am
I wouldn't really call that card stacked... Aside from Mir/Lesnar I don't care much for the rest of the card. Hughes/Serra who cares their bad blood shit has been forgotten about it was so long ago and neither of them are terribly relevant to ww at the moment. Kos/Wilson, I like kos but he's fighting another nobody. Sherk/Edgar, I don't see Edgar being better in any area. The rest.. who cares. Not a stacked card imo just average.
Jeffro- March 4, 2009 at 7:18 am
It is because Okami had the so called snoozefest in his fight vs. lister. If he would have destroyed Lister, like Dana wanted hime to, he would have been awarded a shot at Anderson.
Diggler- March 4, 2009 at 7:14 am
@ Miles LMFAO!
Jay Smith- March 4, 2009 at 7:14 am
@ mayhem420
I think the UFC is setting up the rematch between Y.O and the champ. The only problem with that is that he may not win his next fight, and that would screw things up.
mayhem420- March 4, 2009 at 6:34 am
Man does Yushin just keep getting robbed or what.... why he has not had a title shot before Thales Leites is beyond me, and now this just makes me think that even if he wins he wont be any closer to it.
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ben- March 4, 2009 at 6:23 am
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Anonymous- March 4, 2009 at 6:18 am
I just heard on the Russian radio that Kiril Sidelnikov (Fedor's traning partner and Affliction fighter) was caught using roids and was stripped of his fighting license. It was said he used some sort of horse steroid to increase muscle without actually gaining weight. You guys might want to look into this story.
Myles Kilometers- March 4, 2009 at 6:14 am
The Howard/Johnson fight has an easy sponsorship possibility.
FAS- March 4, 2009 at 6:14 am
I'd love to see Stevenson vs. Danzig, but damn that's a bummer about the outcome.
Anonymus- March 4, 2009 at 6:08 am
CRAP! DAMN YOU SNOOP!
Anonymus- March 4, 2009 at 6:08 am
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Snoop dog Shit- March 4, 2009 at 6:08 am
98 is looking better that some of the rumors about 100.
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