The UFC’s middleweight fighters have come out in droves to weigh in on the upcoming fight between 185’ers Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami, who will be battling it out in Germany this weekend to determine the next challenger to Anderson Silva’s (provided “The Spider” get past Vitor Belfort) middleweight throne. UK middleweight scrapper Michael “The Count” Bisping put in his two cents regarding the fight and actually found himself backing Yushin Okami, whom many of his peers have picked to lose.
“I’m actually expecting Okami to pull this off,” Bisping said. “It’s a great fight between two very tough well-rounded guys. But based on the way Chael Sonnen controlled Marquardt in their bout, I think Okami has a chance to use a similar strategy and take the win.”
“The Count” revealed that he sees Okami’s key to victory residing in the grappling department while Marquardt’s is clearly in the striking. Considering where their individual strengths and weaknesses lay, Bisping likes Okami’s chances against Marquardt and believes that the MMA world will bear witness to the best version of “Thunder” it has yet seen.
“I think Okami will take him down, hold him there, beat him up a little and basically do more damage,” said Bisping. “I think Nate is much better off making this a striking match, using mixing in his kicks and punches and avoiding the ground altogether if he can. Okami may have been a little unlucky not to have gotten a title shot yet, but now his destiny is in his own hands and I think we’ll see the best of him at UFC 122.”
UFC 122 goes down this Saturday night at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.