A pair of middleweight injuries has altered the card for UFC
, as promotion officials announced Wednesday that Rousimar
have been forced to withdraw from their respective
contests against Yushin Okami
. As a result, Okami and Roberts will now face each
other at the Aug. 11 event.
Headlined by a lightweight title rematch between reigning champion
Henderson and ex-titlist Frankie
Edgar, UFC 150 takes place at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Okami, 31, enters the cage following back-to-back defeats for the
first time in his near-decade-long career. “Thunder” posted three
straight Octagon wins in 2010 before receiving a crack at longtime
185-pound champion Anderson
Silva last year at UFC 134, where he was out-struck by “The
Spider” and finished in the second round. Most recently, Okami
suffered a technical knockout against Tim Boetsch
on home soil at February’s UFC 144 in Japan.
Roberts, 29, has not lost in three years. The Jackson’s MMA
representative won five straight fights prior to his Octagon debut,
which took place at UFC on FX 3. The middleweight outpointed
Magalhaes at the June 8 event, taking a unanimous decision from
the cageside judges. Roberts has stopped nine of his 12 career
victims by either knockout or submission and has tasted defeat just
twice in more than five years as a pro.
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