These middleweight top contenders will square off on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next fight card in Japan as former 185-pound title challenger Yushin Okami is set to meet former Bellator champion Hector Lombard at UFC on FUEL TV 8: “Silva vs. Stann” on March 3.
Lombard (32-3-1, 1 NC) earned his first UFC victory in an impressive way, knocking out Palhares in his classic fashion in Australia. After a so-so effort in his octagon debut against Tim Boetsch last July, the 34-year-old came through with the power striking that we all loved in his past fights.
Okami (28-7) out wrestled Belcher for the second time in his career at UFC 155, proving he is still the better fighter six years after the first bout. The win was Okami’s second in a row and moved the Japanese fighter back into a top dog position after a two-fight slump left us wondering if he still has what it takes.
UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
Date: March 2, 2013
Location: Saitama, Japan
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Broadcast: FUEL TV, Facebook
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya
Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares
Bryan Caraway vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Alex Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim