Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua was forced to withdraw from his return to “The Land of the Rising Sun.” but will be replaced by hometown hero Yushin Okami against venerable division slugger Ovince Saint Preux.
They’ll do the deed in the main event of this Friday night’s (Sept. 22, 2017) UFC Fight Night 117 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FXX (not FOX Sports 1), featuring “Prelims” on the UFC Fight Pass digital network, inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In the strawweight co-main event, former division title challengers Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade will battle for the top spot in the 115-pound title chase, while former kickboxing deity Gokhan Saki makes his UFC debut against the venerable Henrique da Silva.
Watch them all come face-to-face at the UFC Fight Night 117 media day event, conveniently embedded in the video above. And to see who else is fighting at this Friday night’s big shebang click here.