The UFC’s return to the Land of the Rising Sun will be a stormy one, as promotion officials recently announced that Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard will do battle in a pivotal middleweight showdown March 3 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.

In addition to the clash between “Thunder” and “Lightning,” the event will also see former Pride Fighting Championships titlist Wanderlei Silva lock horns with onetime WEC ruler Brian Stann in a light heavyweight headliner at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Due to the time difference, American fans can watch the event live on March 2, with the Fuel TV-broadcast main card immediately following the prelims on Facebook.

Three years younger than his upcoming foe, 31-year-old Okami has consistently performed as on the UFC’s top middleweights since joining the promotion in 2006. After winning 10 of his first 12 fights under the UFC banner, the Japanese talent challenged longtime 185-pound champion Anderson Silva last year, suffering a second-round technical knockout to “The Spider” at UFC 134. Though a stunning upset loss to Tim Boetsch would follow, Okami rebounded with victories in his last two outings, most recently taking a clear-cut unanimous verdict from Alan Belcher last month at UFC 155.

Following a lackluster Octagon debut against Boetsch this summer, Lombard impressed in his sophomore promotional effort on Dec. 15, knocking out Rousimar Palhares with a furious flurry at UFC on FX 6. Prior to his split decision setback against Boetsch, the former Bellator Fighting Championships belt holder had not lost since 2006, when he was outpointed by Gegard Mousasi in the Pride Fighting Championships ring. The hard-hitting southpaw owns 18 of his 32 victories via form of knockout and has never been finished in more than eight years as a pro.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Joseph Duffy meets Ivan Jorge at UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC Fight Night 72, which marks the UFC’s debut in Scotland, has its first fight.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Masanori Kanehara meets Rani Yahya at June's UFC Fight Night 70 in Brazil

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC’s June show in Brazil has its latest entry to the lineup. Masanori Kanehara will meet Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night 70.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Ilir Latifi meets Hans Stringer at UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland in July

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC’s debut in Scotland in July has another fight added to the docket with light heavyweights Ilir Latifi and Hans Stringer. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Leandro Mafra meets Scotland's Stevie Ray at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s debut in Scotland has had a busy day, and now one of the country’s own is set for the lineup.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Matt Van Buren meets Jonathan Wilson at UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s August “Music City” event has a pair of light heavyweights ready to do the two-step. Matt Van Buren and promotional newcomer Jonathan Wilson have agreed to meet at UFC Fight Night 74.Filed read news >>

Scotland's Joanne Calderwood meets Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow

  • 6 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s debut in Scotland has a women’s fight added to the lineup featuring one of the country’s own against one of her “TUF 20? castmates.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Kevin Casey meets Ildemar Alcantara at July's UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego

  • 6 days ago
  • 0 views

Another fight is set for the UFC’s return to Southern California in July. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 65 'Prelims' undercard preview and predictions, Pt. 2

  • 22 days ago
  • 6 views

They're coming to the "Land Down Under," where heavies knock mens heads asunder! Two very large men with vicious power -- and something to prove after recent setbacks -- will lock horns inside Adelai read news >>

UFC Fight Night 65 live results stream

  • 23 days ago
  • 11 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to a land "Down Under" for a special late-night edition of the promotion's online "Fight Night" series. UFC Fight Night 65: "Miocic vs. Hunt" goes down th read news >>