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Hector Lombard might return to 185 after the Marquardt fight

Written on October 17, 2013 by Hector

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Hector Lombard is currently battling weight issues with just two days remaining before the official weigh in of his upcoming fight with Nate Marquardt

Former Bellator middleweight titleholder Hector Lombard is already facing a major challenge before his welterweight debut has even begun. It was revealed in UFC Tonight that Lombard is struggling to make the transition to welterweight with just days away before the official weigh in of his UFC 166 showdown against Nate Marquardt.

Lombard, who is a top prospect before competing in UFC, has previously stated that it would be impossible for him to drop to 170. However, he decided to make the transition after going 1-2 in his UFC campaign. Lombard made his UFC debut with a disappointing loss to Tim Boetsch in a fight that snapped his 25-fight winning streak. He bounced back with a first round KO over the infamous Rousimar Palhares but he would again drop a decision to Yushin Okami in his subsequent bout.

Lombard owns 18 KOs in his 32 wins and a lot of people are wondering on how the weight cut would affect his vaunted KO power. All those questions will be answered this weekend when Lombard faces former Strikeforce welterweight champion and UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt in the Fox Sports 1 preliminary cards of UFC 166.

[Photos from blogs.telegraph.co.uk]

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WSOF signs Yushin Okami

Written on October 14, 2013 by Hector

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Yushin Okami finds a new home in WSOF

Perennial middleweight contender Yushin Okami immediately finds another home after being sacked from the octagon last month. It was initially reported at MMAfighting.com that Okami has recently signed an exclusive multi-fight contract to World Series of Fighting organization. The signing was later confirmed in twitter by WSOF head Ray Sefo.

Okami has won 3 of his last 4 fights before he was released by UFC. He has a record of 13 – 5 in the octagon with wins over tough oppositions that includes Alan Belcher, Hector Lombard and Mark Munoz. With the signing, Okami will join fellow UFC veteran and welterweight contender Jon Fitch as one of the notable names in the roster of WSOF. Like Okami, Fitch was also surprisingly released by UFC despite spending the majority of his career as a top 10 in his division. It was said that Okami’s WSOF debut will take place around March 2014 but the exact fight details, including the name of his opponent, is yet to be announced. Meanwhile, WSOF will be presenting their next event WSOF 6, this coming October 26 at Coral Gables, Florida. It will be headlined by the promotions inaugural welterweight title fight between Josh Burkman and Steve Carl.

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Yushin Okami cut from the UFC

Written on September 28, 2013 by Hector

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Former middleweight contender Yushin Okami has been cut in the UFC after his TKO loss to Ronaldo Souza

This perhaps is the most surprising of UFC’s roster cuts since the promotion released welterweight contender John Fitch early this year. Officers of UFC have confirmed in MMAjunkie.com that they have released former middleweight contender Yushin Okami.

Okami, who was branded by UFC president Dana White as the best fighter to come out of Japan has been a top ranked fighter since he joined UFC in 2006. He won his debut fight with a decision against Alan Belcher in the preliminary card of UFC 69. Throughout his seven years in the UFC, Okami compiled a record of 18 wins and 5 losses. His impressive resume includes wins over the likes of Mark Munoz, Mike Swick and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

The 32 year old Japanese has been riding on a three fight winning streak before losing by 1st round TKO to Ronaldo Souza in his most recent outing.

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All Drug Tests Come Back Negative for Six UFC 134 Fighters

Written on September 17, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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All six UFC 134 drug test results come back clean from the Aug. 27 event in Brazil.

The six fighters who were tested for illegal drug substances at this past month’s UFC 134 event all submitted clean and negative results, UFC officials announced Thursday.

In an email sent by UFC Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs – Marc Ratner – he confirmed that middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, event’s headliner, Yushin Okami, and other four fighters, were tested negative towards drug abuse — such as marijuana, cocaine and other steroids or performance supplements.

The UFC 134 event was held last August 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It was said to be the first UFC show that took place in Brazil since 1998. The evening’s main card, which headlined Anderson Silva grabbing his 9th consecutive title defense, aired on pay-per-view. The preliminary card was aired on Spike TV and streamed on Facebook.

The drug testing were coordinated by the UFC officials who hired outside drug testers for the event due to lack of a regulatory body in Brazil.

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Anderson Silva: Won’t Likely Fight Until Early 2012

Written on September 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Due to shouldered injury, Anderson Silva will remain on the sidelines until early 2012.

According to manager, Ed Soares, Anderson Silva’s injured shoulder would most likely keep the middleweight champ on the sidelines until early next year.

The fighter afflicted his shoulder during his training for UFC 134 against Yushin Okami. And while his camp feared that Anderson Silva might need to go surgery, Ed Soares cleared out that the fighter just need to rehab his shoulders to recuperate.

Ed Soares also hoped that Anderson Silva will be able to defend his title again in the first quarter of 2012. However, no opponent has been set yet for the fighter’s return. But fans could get some answers following Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann’s match for UFC 136.

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Five Matches to Make After UFC 134

Written on September 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 134: Silva vs Okami now in the books, it's time to move on to the next chapter.

Last Saturday at UFC 134, Anderson Silva made Yushin Okami looked like less than ordinary, as the reigning middleweight champion defeated one of the best challenger in the sport. It was The Spider’s ninth successful title defense, with a 15-fight win streak. That said, it could be a no brainer if fans will run out of superlatives to describe Anderson Silva’s fighting prowess in the future.

But moving on, check out what matches would fans would like to see after UFC 134 by taking a leap.

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UFC 134: Silva vs Okami Quick Results

Written on August 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 134 is now in the books, and the results are in!

Fighting Insider now has the results of last Saturday’s UFC 134: Silva vs Okami in Rio de Janeiro.

In the main event, Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title against Yushin Okami. Meanwhile, former champions – Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin – clashed in the co-main event.

See the complete the UFC 134 results after the jump.

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UFC 134: Silva vs Okami Preview

Written on August 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 134 on its way, who do you think will take home the championship belt on Saturday?

Finally, the time has come for Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami to lock horns again. And while The Spider has grown tired of hearing about his loss against The Thunder, the latter must be thinking of how he can snatch the title. However, Anderson Silva has the reach advantage, he moves in a jiffy, extremely good in stand-up fights, and has knowledge in BJJ. Still, Yushin Okami carries with him great takedowns, boxing prowess and grappling skills.

That said, fans must expect Yushin Okami to get Anderson Silva in a clinch and wear him out. However, he must look out with the champion’s knees. If the contender can wear him the reigning king down again – with some ground and pound – the match could go the distance. Still, Anderson Silva can take a beating and can wrap up a quick submission if needed.

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Anderson Silva: UFC 134 is a ‘Big Dream’

Written on August 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Anderson Silva talks with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani about his upcoming UFC 134 bout in Rio against Yushin Okami.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani talked to Anderson Silva last Wednesday during the champ’s media workout at the Copacabana. The Spider talked about his UFC 134 fight against Yushin Okami, the reception he got from his Brazilian fans, his new endorsement deals, and whether or not he will fight on the first UFC on FOX this November.

Check out MMA Fighting’s video after the break.

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UFC 134: Silva vs Okami Extended Preview Video

Written on August 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC recently unleashed the extended version of UFC 134: Silva vs Okami's trailer. Check it out!

UFC released the extended version of UFC 134’s preview video recently.

The UFC 134: Silva vs Okami will feature a middleweight title match between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. The tournament will take place on August 27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Check out the full UFC 134 trailer video by taking the jump.

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