A middleweight bout has been added to the upcoming UFC on Versus 2 show in Salt Lake City as former NCAA champion Mark Munoz returns to action to face Japanese fighter Yushin Okami.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday by sources close to the bout.
Since dropping to middleweight, Mark Munoz (8-1) has won his last three fights including a 2nd round stoppage over former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Kendall Grove in his last fight at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.
The powerful wrestler has displayed some of the most vicious and devastating ground and pound in the sport with his wins over Grove and Ryan Jensen, who he blasted at UFC 108 in January. Now looking to make an even bigger impact in the division, he faces top ten middleweight Yushin Okami.
Okami (24-5) has always been a threat to the top contenders in the middleweight division, but has come up short in his two bids to get into title contention. A unanimous decision loss to Rich Franklin in 2007 kept him away from the championship, and then a defeat at the hands of current top contender Chael Sonnen late last year.
Always known as one of the hardest fighters to match-up with, Okami’s style has been described as suffocating, and he will have to fight a perfect gameplan with a wrestler the caliber of Munoz in this fight.
While the bout has not been officially announced by the UFC, it’s expected that Munoz vs. Okami will make the night’s televised broadcast.