UFC officials announced Tuesday that a middleweight matchup between Yushin Okami and Dan Miller has been officially added to the main televised portion of the promotion’s upcoming UFC 98 event slated for May 23.
In addition to Okami vs. Miller, the company also made official previously reported bouts between Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes and Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar. Both are also slated to make the pay-per-view portion of the event.
Non-televised matchups now confirmed include James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries, Patrick Barry vs. Tim Hague, Houston Alexander vs. Andre Gusmao, Phillipe Nover vs. Kyle Bradley, Dave Kaplan vs. George Roop, and Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Brandon Wolff.
UFC 98 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by a title unification match between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
For Okami, his UFC 98 matchup vs. Miller is crucial. Slated to face Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title this past October at UFC 90, the Japan native was forced to pull off the card due to injury and was replaced by Patrick Cote. He then returned at UFC 92 where he defeated Dean Lister via a unanimous decision. Following the win, it appeared that UFC President Dana White had guaranteed the 23-4 fighter another title shot.
Despite an impressive 7-1 record while competing in the Octagon, it’s clear that Okami will instead have to win at least one more fight to get a shot at the 185 pound crown. Standing in his way is the former IFL middleweight champion, Miller.
Considered one of the brightest prospects to come out of the Northeast, Miller is 11-1 overall and is a perfect 3-0 since debuting in the UFC. His first UFC win came at UFC Fight Night 15 this past September, where he submitted Rob Kimmons with a rear naked choke at 1:27 of round 1.
He then return just five weeks later and recorded a unanimous decision victory over Matt Horwich at UFC 90. Miller’s most recent victory occurred during last month’s UFC Fight Night 17, where he handed former NCAA champion Jake Rosholt his first career MMA loss following a guillotine choke submission at 1:03 of round 1.