Luiz Cane received good news when he signed a four fight extension contract with the UFC recently, despite being only 1-3 in his last four bouts. Unfortunately that is where the good news ends as he has had to pull out of his planned match-up with Yushin Okami due to injury. Luiz was supposed to drop to the middleweight division, but that will now have to wait. Now Rousimar palhares steps in to face Yushin Okami at UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II, which takes place in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center on August 11.
Rousimar, a dominating submission specialist, seems to fall short as he nears title contention. Knocked out by Nate Marquardt in his first climb to title contention, and then recently finished by Alan Belcher after stringing together three straight victories. Gaining a win over the former title contender, Okami will likely not put “Toquinho” in contention himself but is a step back in the right direction.
Yushin Okami was a fighter that has hovered in the top of the middleweight division for quite sometime. He had a chance at the title last year, but fell short as he was stopped in the second round by reigning champ, Anderson Silva. After that he took on Tim Boestch, as he looked improved on his way to victory until Tim turned the tides to pull the upset. A third loss here would ultimately put Okami to the end of the line at 185. If he is able to get back to his winning ways he can still keep his title of being one of the top fighters in his division, and at 30 years old he still has quite a few years to trek back to the title. Oddly enough, the match-up seems to be more intriguing now that Rousimar is filled in.