UFC Rio: Anderson Silva vs Yushin Okami fight announced for August 27 in Brazil


Superfight? GSP? Who speaks of such things?

Anderson Silva will not be waiting for the result of Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields and will, instead, take on Yushin Okami on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dana White confirmed the booking to Sergio Non.

This will mark the ninth time Silva will defend his middleweight title with the UFC, this one being a rematch of a 2006 bout that saw Okami defeat the Brazilian via controversial disqualification.

That loss marked the last time the 185-pound champion has tasted defeat, as he went on to defeat Tony Fryklund before beginning his historic run in the UFC.

"The Spider" was last in the cage front-kicking Vitor Belfort into oblivion, retaining his strap and leaving the world in wonder of who can possibly stop this machine who looks like he came straight out of the Matrix.

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Okami has built an impressive Octagon resume of his own, winning 10 of his 12 fights with the UFC, the most recent of which, over Nate Marquardt in Germany, was supposed to earn him a long-awaited shot at the middleweight crown.

That came into question when the rumblings of Silva fighting St. Pierre turned into roars but it appears the world's largest fight promotion has decided, at least temporarily, to bypass the world's largest fight.

In the process, the powers that be keep their word and "Thunder" finally gets his chance to become the first man to defeat the Brazilian within the not-so-friendly confines of the eight-sided playground.

Can he do it (again)?

UFC: "Rio" will mark the promotion's first trip back to Brazil in over a decade and Silva vs. Okami will likely serve as the main event of the evening.

No other fights have been announced at this time but stay tuned to for future updates to this still-developing fight card.

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