The UFC has made official the rumored middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami for this summer at UFC 134.
Silva and Okami have fought once before, at Rumble on the Rock 8 in 2006 with Okami being granted the win via disqualification after The Spider knocked him out with an upkick while his knees were still on the mat, an illegal move. The bout with Okami was the last time that Silva had tasted defeat.
Silva is currently the UFC’s most dominant champion and holds the record for most consecutive title defenses (8) and most consecutive victories in the promotion (13). Most recently, the Brazilian technician defended his belt against Vitor Belfort in dramatic fashion, knocking out The Phenom with a front kick in the first round of their UFC 126 meeting this past February.
Okami has earned his spot as number one middleweight contender by virtue of defeating Lucio Linhares, Mark Muñoz and Nate Marquardt consecutively. The man they call Thunder has only lost twice in the UFC, to Chael Sonnen and former champ Rich Franklin. Okami’s current record stands at 26-5.
UFC: Rio will take place on August 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will mark the UFC’s second ever trip to the country; the promotion held UFC: Ultimate Brazil, or UFC 17.5, in Sao Paulo back in 1998.