After winning his first two fights at 185 pounds Tim Boestch will get a significant test in the form of recent title-contender Yushin Okami with the added pressure of competing in Okami’s proverbial backyard, as the bout is scheduled to take place on February 26 at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan.
The UFC announced the match-up earlier today through their website.
Okami is coming off a TKO loss to champion Anderson Silva, only the second time “Thunder” had been finished in more than thirty in-ring appearances. The 30-year old holds an overall record of 26-6 with a number of solid showings to his credit including victories over Alan Belcher, Nate Marquardt, and Mark Munoz.
Comparably, “The Barbarian” has won back-to-back bouts over Kendall Grove and Nick Ring after a decent run as a light heavyweight. Six of the 14-4 Boestch’s wins have involved a TKO with five others featuring a submission-based stoppage.
UFC 144 is set to be headlined by lightweight champion Frankie Edgar putting his gold up for grabs against Ben Henderson, while Yoshihiro Akiyama will also make his welterweight debut on the card against talented grappler Jake Shields.
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