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Dana White: 'Jacare Souza vs. Yushin Okami is the fight we're going to make'

Can one of the sport's most dangerous grapplers survive the punishing onslaught of Yushin Okami? Looks like we're going to find out later this year.


The pieces of the 185-pound puzzle are slowly falling into place.

There is no date and no venue (yet), but Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White says he's already got Ronaldo Souza vs. Yushin Okami paired off for what will likely be a middleweight number one contender's bout.

Those comments came during yesterday's UFC 160 media scrum (watch it here).

Okami has managed to resurrect his title hopes after what seemed like the end of the line just over a year ago. "Thunder," who was put out to pasture by reigning division champion Anderson Silva in Brazil, was brutalized by the barbaric bombs of Tim Boetsch at UFC 144 in Japan.

Since then, he's managed to string together three straight wins, including consecutive decisions against Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard, two fighters considered "in the mix" at the time.

Like Okami, Souza is also looking to get back into title contention after dropping the strap to Luke Rockhold under the Strikeforce banner. "Jacare" is the winner of four straight, but unlike Okami, has secured dominant finishes in each bout.

He was last seen strangling Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 8.

As far as the top 10 rankings are concerned (see them here), the fight makes sense. Michael Bisping still has some work to do, Rockhold just got smoked and Constantinos Philippou lost some momentum due to injury. Vitor Belfort is widely-expected to get the winner of Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman.

The winner of that could face either Okami or Souza.

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