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Old 04-09-2011, 09:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Okami didn't have much of a chance before but if its in Rio then he really won't have a chance the fans are going to destroy him there.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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God i really hope this isnt true, the GSP-Silva superfight is long overdue and Okami doesnt stand a chance anyways.
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This is just a story to take the pressure off GSP winning. We are a few weeks away from GSP fighting and I really find it odd that Dana has been saying for the past 2 months that GSP vs Silva will be next in line and all of a sudden, so close to the fight, we see this.
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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.
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Okami has deserved the shot for awhile now. Hell, he was in the running prior to the LnP loss to Fail Sonnen. Rumor has it that the main reason he was cold shouldered prior to the loss is that his style was so boring. I don't see that much has changed, but he still deserves the shot. I personally think he's gonna get wrecked, but he is a hella strong grappler and that has seemed to be what The Spider has the most trouble with. I usually write off whoever The Spider is facing for the simple fact they are fighting Anderson Silva. But, I can't bring myself to dismiss Okami though, for the simple fact he is a very strong grappler. I still think Silva's gonna win in dominating fashion, but Yushin does have a chance.
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I was disappointed when I read this.

Set GSP V Silva up already! Before Silva is in a wheelchair or using a walking cane!!
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Hope this fight happens, Anderson will spider**** Okami.
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Hope this fight doesnt happen...Okami may deserve a title shot, but he doesnt deserve Silva.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:36 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Awesome, now let's discuss what MW's Silva should defend against should he win this, rather than 'When the hell is he gonna fight GSP?!?'.
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Awesome. Okami deserves the shot. I don't think he'll be able to compete with Anderson but there's no denying he deserves the chance to prove everyone wrong.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:46 AM   #20 (permalink)
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This thread surprised me a little bit. Anderson Silva is my favorite fighter bar none, but I honestly give Okami a decent chance here... not a great one but a decent one. Hell I give him a better chance than Sonnen to defeat Silva.
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