Looks like UFC 122: "Belfort vs. Okami" is for all the marbles.
That's according to the UFC, which today promised the winner of the Nov. 13 main event in Oberhausen a 2011 middleweight title shot. And the recent steroid scandal involving Chael Sonnen may have played a part in its decision.
From UFC Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik:
We are glad to be coming back to Germany with UFC 122 and to reward our loyal UFC fans in Germany. Both Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami are one win away from a shot at the UFC Middleweight Title and are coming to Germany with a great deal to win and lose. This is a sporting event with tremendous international significance, and we are delighted to have been able to bring this event to Oberhausen.
Belfort (19-8) has been nursing an injury that kept him out of his scheduled UFC 112 title fight against Anderson Silva earlier this year. "The Phenom" was last seen in action at UFC 103, finishing Rich Franklin in the first round of his Octagon return back in September 2009.
It was the fifth consecutive win for the hard-hitting Brazilian, who also finished four of his five victims by way of (T)KO. In fact, Belfort hasn't lost since a lackluster performance against Dan Henderson under the PRIDE banner that saw "Hollywood" claim the unanimous decision.
Okami (25-5) has remained a top contender in the UFC's 185-pound division, floating in and out of contender status and always staying somewhere in the mix. Unfortunately for "Thunder," a lopsided loss to Chael Sonnen temporarily derailed his title aspirations in late 2009.
Since then, the Japanese juggernaut has won back-to-back fights against Lucio Linhares and Mark Munoz. One more and he's finally gotten his long-awaited rematch with "The Spider."
Silva hasn't lost since an illegal boot to the dome of Okami under the "Rumble on the Rock" banner back in 2004.
UFC 122 is expected to feature a bevy of German natives going to war; however, with the exception of the main event, the promotion has yet to announce an official card.
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