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Yushin Okami Returns Home for UFC 144 Bout

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

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Yushin Okami

With its UFC on Fox debut out of the way, UFC officials are now focusing on filling up the fight cards slated for early 2012, including UFC 144 in Japan.

Japanese fighter Yushin Okami will return to his home soil to face Tim Boetsch when the UFC returns to Japan on Feb. 26 at the Saitama Super Arena.

“Undefeated since dropping down to middleweight, Tim ‘The Barbarian’ Boetsch has verbally agreed to face top-three ranked Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami,” said UFC president Dana White on Tuesday.

Okami (26-6) hasn’t fought since losing via a second-round TKO stoppage at the hands of middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at UFC 134 in Brazil. Okami is 10-3 since emerging in the Octagon at UFC 62. Trying to get back on track, he’ll face a stern test in Boetsch.

The Canadian fighter, as White said, has won both of his bouts since dropping to middleweight, defeating Kendall Grove and Nick Ring. He’s a strong wrestler, that could provide some fits for Okami if he’s able to take the top-ranked Japanese fighter to the mat.

UFC 144 features lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defending his belt against Benson Henderson on Feb. 26 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.


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  • Mario

    Man!

    That Japan show is gonna be awesome!

    I can’t wait to see how it all goes..

    Okami should win this one. If not, then daaamn. Talk about a fall from grace. Tim Boetsch ain’t that great if you ask me!

  • carsonrectifier

    Tim Boetsch is not Canadian. He is from Maine.