First it was "rumored," then it was "in the works" and now its "confirmed."
Ultimate Fighting Championship today announced that the main event for UFC 134 will indeed feature middleweight champion Anderson Silva, defending his 185-pound world title against the latest number one division contender, Yushin Okami.
Silva and Okami first met inside a cage back in 2006, with "Thunder" scoring a controversial win over "The Spider" via disqualification (illegal upkick). Silva has not lost since, winning an astonishing 14 straight fights and cementing himself as among (if not the) best mixed martial artists in the world along the way.
This will mark a record ninth time (and counting) Silva will defend his middleweight title inside the Octagon.
Okami, meanwhile, has built an impressive UFC resume of his own, winning 10 of his 12 fights with the promotion, the most recent of which, over Nate Marquardt in Germany, earned him a long-awaited shot at the middleweight crown.
The Japanese import now finally gets his chance to become the first man to defeat the Brazilian within the not-so-friendly confines of the eight-sided playground ... in hostile territory no less.
Check out the still-developing UFC 134 fight card and rumors, as well as video of the fight between Silva and Okami, after the jump:
- 185 pounds: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
- 205 pounds: Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio Rua
- 155 pounds: Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson
- 205 pounds: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
- 185 pounds: Maiquel Falcao vs. Tom Lawlor
- 155 pounds: Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
- 185 pounds: Alexandre Ferreira vs. Rousimar Palhares
- 170 pounds: David Mitchell vs. Paulo Thiago
The promotion is heading back to Brazil with UFC 134 for the first time since 1998, coordinating a major international event for the 15,000-seat HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 27, 2011.
Photo via www.fightinginsider.com.