Monday, Sep 20, 2010
Belfort vs. Okami Confirmed for UFC 122
By FCF Staff The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed, that as expected, Vitor Belfort will face Yushin Okami in the main event of the promotion’s upcoming November 13th event in Oberhausen, Germany. The middleweight bout was referred to in the official press release announcing the event as a “title eliminator.”
Belfort (19-8) will be competing for the first time in 2010, as a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery prevented him from fighting champion Anderson Silva in April. Belfort (pictured above) last fought in September, 2009, when he stopped Rich Franklin in the first round.
“The German fans will see a 100% performance from me against Okami,” Belfort was quoted saying. “I am looking for the knockout, I always look for the knockout. I know Okami is the type of guy who can bang a little and also has that judo style, but I am on a mission to be the UFC Champion once again.”
Okami (25-5) has won back-to-back bouts over Lucio Linhares and more recently Mark Munoz, after he lost by Unanimous Decision to Chael Sonnen last October.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to fight a great like Vitor Belfort in the main event of a big card,” said Okami. “Vitor Belfort is still kind of my idol, so I am very excited. He will bring out the very best in me. Belfort is a great fighter but I feel I have certain advantages I can use in the fight. I will shock MMA fans around the world with my performance.”
No other bouts were announced for UFC 122, which will be hosted by Oberhausen’s König-Pilsener-Arena.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 12:57 pm