UFC 150 Update: Luiz Cane Makes Middleweight Debut against Yushin Okami at Denver’s Pepsi Center
officials confirmed Friday that former title challenger
will welcome Luiz Cane
the middleweight division at UFC
Additionally, the promotion verified that Dennis
Hallman will meet Thiago
Tavares in a lightweight duel at the Aug. 11 event, which takes
place at the Pepsi Center in Denver. UFC 150 marks the promotion’s
first trip to the Mile High City since UFC
135 this past September.
Widely regarded as one of the sport’s top 185-pound talents, Okami
had a three-fight winning streak snapped when he was dominated by
longtime divisional ruler Anderson
Silva at UFC
134 last year. “Thunder” returned to the cage on Feb. 26 and
controlled Tim Boetsch
for much of their UFC
144 contest before the American unleashed a flurry in round
three that forced referee Leon Robertson to save Okami from further
punishment at 54 seconds of the final frame.
Meanwhile, Cane makes the cut to middleweight after losing three of
his last four outings at 205 pounds. “Banha” was most recently
turned away this past August in Rio de Janeiro, falling by
technical knockout to heavy-handed Bulgarian Stanislav
Nedkov in the first round of their UFC 134 affair. Cane is an
eight-time UFC veteran and holds Octagon victories over Jason
Thierry Sokoudjou, Steve
Cantwell and Eliot
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