Yushin Okami. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Bad news for those who were craving a potential rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and top contender Yushin Okami later this year - it seems that Okami has suffered yet another broken hand that will keep him sidelined for an indefinite amount of time.
The news comes from our friend Ariel Helwani at MMARated.com, who reports that Okami suffered the injury during a recent training session. It’s unknown if the broken hand is the same one that Okami injured in his knockout win over former title holder Evan Tanner earlier this year.
Silva and Okami originally fought during the first-round of Rumble on the Rock’s star-filled middleweight tournament two years ago. In a fight that Silva dominated, he ended up being disqualified after illegally up-kicking Okami while he still had a knee on the canvas. Okami was knocked out and unable to continue, forcing Silva to make an early exit from the tourney.
Helwani also reports that since Okami may not be able to compete until the end of the year, UFC officials may matchup Silva against streaking Canadian veteran Patrick Cote at an event this fall, provided that Silva comes out of his light heavyweight contest against James Irvin this weekend relatively unscathed.
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