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Hector Lombard locking horns with Yushin Okami in Japan

Yushin OkamiA match between UFC middleweights Hector Lombard and Yushin Okami has been added to the lineup for UFC on Fuel 8, pitting two of the top 185ers in MMA against each other at the organization’s March 2 stop in Saitama, Japan. Both men are coming off impressive wins and can position themselves nicely in the contendership picture if victorious come showtime.

UFC officials have confirmed the bout.

Lombard (32-3-1) is fresh off a knockout of Rousimar Palhares to pick up his first win inside the Octagon since coming over from Bellator where he held the promotion’s middleweight title. 25 of his wins have featured some form of finish including those against Jesse Taylor, Trevor Prangley, and Brian Ebersole.

The 28-7 Okami was last seen outpoint Alan Belcher at UFC 155. The triumph was his second straight, adding to success in the cage over the likes of Mark Munoz and Nate Marquardt.