MMA Rated has the scoop:
MMARated.com has learned that UFC middleweight fighter Yushin Okami has recently suffered a broken hand and thus a potential title fight pitting Okami and Anderson Silva, once thought to be slated for September or October, has now been put on hold.
We’ve also learned that if Silva leaves the Octagon tomorrow night without any major injuries there are plans to book Patrick Cote as his next opponent, possibly this Fall as well.
This is an unfortunate turn of events if it’s true as I was sort of looking forward to seeing Yushin Okami step into the cage against Anderson Silva. Do I think Okami stands much of a chance? Not particularly but I think he stands more of a chance than Patrick Cote at the current moment. Okami is a good wrestler who is extremely strong for 185 lbs. and he bullies people in the cage. He would be a good test for Silva even though they’ve fought once before and until the illegal kick from Silva, Okami was getting worked in the standup game. But what’s done is done and I was somewhat excited to see if Okami could utilize his great wrestling and strength to subdue the current pound for pound king.
Now what we’re left with is like sloppy seconds. Patrick Cote is a decent fighter with good hands, good power, and a serviceable BJJ game but he is nowhere near Silva’s level. I’d rather see them give Dan Henderson another crack at Silva before I chunked out $45 bucks to see Cote get demolished. Yes, I realize that Cote has “earned” his way to this spot by beating who the UFC has put in front of him, but as far as competitive and meaningful fights go, this is not a matchup that fits the bill.