Yushin Okami vs Dean Lister UFC 92 fight on tap

Yushin Okami vs Dean Lister UFC 92
Top middleweight contender Yushin Okami (21-4-1) will return to action against Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Dean Lister (11-5) at UFC 92 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 27, according to MMAWeekly.com.

Okami was the frontrunner to challenge 185-pound stalwart Anderson Silva for his division title before he revealed a hand injury would keep him out of action in the near term. Patrick Cote then slid into his spot and will now take on "The Spider" at UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" on October 25.

"Thunder" -- who holds a controversial win over Silva under the Rumble on the Rock banner -- has won six of seven fights inside the Octagon. His lone loss was to former champion Rich Franklin back at UFC 72: "Victory" in June 2007.

He is on a two-fight win streak since the defeat and most recently scored a knockout of the late Evan Tanner at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" back in March.

Lister -- the 2003 Abu Dhabu Combat Club (ADCC) Absolute Division Champion -- is also in the midst of back-to-back wins, submitting the crafty Jeremy Horn with a guillotine choke at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale back in June.

"The Boogeyman" recently returned from a trip to Croatia, during which he helped prepare Mirko Cro Cop for his fight with Alistair Overeem. He is highly regarded jiu-jitsu champion who services are always in demand.

He'll have his work cut out for him on New Year's Eve weekend -- Okami has never been submitted in his professional career. And he is among the stronger competitors in the division, boasting his own slick submission skills and a powerful ground and pound approach.

The report indicates that the match up will air on the televised portion of the pay-per-view (PPV) telecast, which also features the heavyweight showdown between interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and Frank Mir.

To check out the latest UFC 92 fight card and rumors click here.

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