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Old 09-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okami vs. Lister at UFC 92

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In a pivotal match-up between two top middleweights, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that on Dec. 27 Yushin Okami will return from a lingering hand injury to face submission wizard Dean Lister, as confirmed by Lister’s management group at Haymaker’s Empire.

“It’s a really good fight,” Lister told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview. “(He’s) really skilled, I heard he’s real strong, and I believe he’s a pretty tall guy, he’s a south paw. I’m going to have to have a great gameplan for this guy.”

Lister was originally slated to be a part of the UFC Fight Night 15 show against Thales Leites just last week in Omaha, but a slight knee injury kept him from training at full strength so it kept him off the card.

Now the Pride and King of the Cage veteran arguably gets a much bigger fight taking on Okami, who was tapped to face 185-pound champion Anderson Silva, before the aforementioned hand injury forced him out of the fight.

“I took down Jeremy Horn with an inside trip, and twisted my knee a little bit. Just to where I couldn’t really train with it, that’s all,” Lister commented on his recent injury. “I was hoping to make that fight happen this year, but they already rescheduled the fight with Goran Reljic.”

Okami is one of only a handful of fighters to hold a win over the middleweight champion, albeit from a disqualification after Silva landed an illegal blow that forced a stop to their 2006 fight in Rumble on the Rock.

Lister most recently competed in June, submitting veteran Jeremy Horn, and spent a couple of weeks working with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in Croatia to prepare him for his fight in Dream against Alistair Overeem.

“Really good cohesive team over there, they train really hard, training twice a day, every day,” Lister said about his training in Croatia. “I think I lost seven pounds just in those two weeks. The training environment is awesome.”

The middleweight fight will be featured on the main card of the pay-per-view currently headlined by heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defending his belt against former titleholder Frank Mir.
Guess Okami doesn't get his title shot. I hope the Karo Effect doesn't happen again here, but I've got Okami in this one.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think the Karo Effect will happen here, they are probably just trying to keep Okami active so he isn't rusty when he fights Silva
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Man this sucks.

I understand the rust factor if Okami thought that but this match-up is not one that if Okami wins the people who do doubt his right to the title shot will shut up. Lister has 6 decisions in his last 9 fights and if he is able to get to another decision(with Okami winning) I can still the people saying "Okami is boring and shouldn't get a title shot.".

I see Okami winning this but I don't like this match-up for fireworks.

If Okami felt he was ready to come back and take on Silva immediately they should honor the fact that he was the one next up before the hand injury.
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Hmm. Will Lister's wrestling be good enough to get Okami down?
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i have a feeling that lister will win...
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Wow, this is a very interesting match-up. If Okami can keep it standing, he should be able to win, but even then Dean has a really good chin.
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I think Dean wins this. Okami is very good but Lister is a very tough guy to beat.

Lister's ground game is so good. He Almedia, and Maia are just a step above everyone else on the ground in the UFC MW divison.
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Well I certainly didn't see this fight coming at all lol. I personally can't stand Lister and hope Okami puts a beating on him. Lets say Lister does beat him, is he next in line then for a title shot cause that would be crazy lol
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i predict a clinch snorefest....okami is good enough not to be taken down by lister, but isn't aggressive enough standing to finish lister off....

interesting fight, but in all liklihood, it'll be very boring
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