Current Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva promises to put on an entertaining performance when he faces Japanese MMA fighter Yushin Okami at UFC 134, scheduled for August 27, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For “The Spider” it will be his first UFC title defense in his native country of Brazil.
Anderson’s last loss was in January 2006 against Okami. Anderson was in complete control of the “Rumble on the Rock 8” encounter between the two MMA fighters, when an illegal up-kick that knocked Okami out, got him disqualified and awarded the loss. Looking back, a no-contest would have been a more appropriate ruling.
At UFC 134, Silva plans to avenge his loss, and increase his impressive 14 fight winning streak.
“The biggest thing I’m proud of is not necessarily the consecutive wins or the consecutive title defenses.” Silva said in a pre-UFC 134 interview. “I’m just proud to be part of the history, to be part of the team that are UFC athletes. That is the thing I’m most proud of. Anything can happen. One thing I can guarantee you is that I’m going to be well prepared, and I’d like to tell all the fans out there and the world, everyone that is buying the pay-per-view, that this is going to be a fight that you don’t wanna miss.”
MMA fans were looking forward to seeing Chael Sonnen interact with the locals while cornering Okami at UFC 134, but the Portland native has pulled out of his obligation, possibly due to increasing threats from Brazilian fans. Brazilians have often been the targets of Sonnen’s wrath, with the 34 year old MMA fighter often crossing the lines of professional decency.
With or without Sonnen, UFC 134 is already poised to be a huge success, and you can expect to see MMA’s pound-for-pound king at his very best.