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Report: Evan Tanner vs. Yushin Okami at UFC 82

According to a report at MMA Mania, Evan Tanner will be making his return to the Octagon on March 1st, 2008 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio against UFC middleweight contender Yushin Okami.

So much for warm-up fights. Okami is among the best middlweights in the world right now and is a huge challenge for a guy, in Evan Tanner, who hasn’t fought in over a year. Why would the UFC give Tanner such a tough fight for his comeback? It’s understandable that Tanner wants to fight the best in the world. Real competitors want real competition. But Yushin Okami? Tanner is scrappy, but there aren’t a lot of reasons to pick him in this fight.