Reports that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will put his belt on the line against Yushin Okami at an August "UFC: Rio" event are premature, sources today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
They're "getting ahead of themselves," one source said.
Before officials consider booking Silva (28-4 MMA, 13-0 UFC) vs. Okami (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC), they are going to wait to see the outcome of UFC 129's main event.
Silva's teammate, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, told Brazilian site Tatame that Silva next will fight Okami. However, a source close to the negotiations said officials haven't completely cooled on the idea of Silva fighting welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who meets Jake Shields later this month at UFC 129.
Okami is considered a likely backup plan if St-Pierre losses or if officials and the fighters' camps decide Silva vs. St-Pierre doesn't make sense at the current time.
Silva has won 14 consecutive fights, which includes a record eight consecutive UFC title defenses. Undefeated in the UFC, Silva hasn't lost a fight since 2006, when the Brazilian suffered a disqualification loss (due to an illegal upkick) to Okami at a Rumble on the Rock show in Hawaii.
Okami, a longtime middleweight contender, defeated Nate Marquardt at UFC 122. The November bout initially was declared a No. 1 contender's fight, though officials haven't formally announced Okami as the next title challenger. Regardless, the Japanese fighter has won six of his past seven fights. His current win streak include a knockout of Lucio Linhares and decision victories over Mark Munoz and Marquardt.
The UFC's Brazil event, likely to be UFC 134, takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It's the UFC's first event in the country since "UFC Ultimate Brazil" (UFC 17.5) in 1998. Many of the organization's top Brazilian fighters are expected to compete at the event.