The UFC is expected to announce in the near future that a middleweight bout between Yushin Okami and Dean Lister has been added to the undercard of UFC 92 on Dec. 27 in Las Vegas.
The news was revealed in a report by MMA Weekly.
Okami had been expected to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 but Patrick Cote was the finalized opponent for Silva after Okami was slowed by a hand injury.
Okami, 21-4-1, actually holds a win over Silva dating back to a January, 2006 fight in Hawaii during Rumble of the Rock 8. Silva was disqualified after delivering an illegal kick with Okami being declared the winner at 2:33 of round 1.
While nothing is official, Okami could be in line for a middleweight title shot if he’s able to defeat Lister. Since joining the UFC, he’s compiled an impressive 6-1 record inside of the Octagon with notable wins over the late Evan Tanner, Mike Swick, Jason MacDonald, and Alan Belcher.
Lister, a grappling standout, is 11-5 since becoming involved with competitive MMA. He last competed during the live season finale for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on June 21. Facing fellow middleweight Jeremy Horn, Lister was able to submit him with a guillotine choke at 3:52 of round 1. The win improved Lister’s UFC record to 4-1.
The UFC has yet to officially add UFC 92 to its online calendar of events but the event is expected to feature Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defending the UFC interim heavyweight title vs. Frank Mir. Forrest Griffin may also defend the UFC light heavyweight title vs. Rashad Evans.