Top middleweight contenders will battle it out for a shot at the 185-pound title when exciting finisher Nate "The Great" Marquardt, whose last four wins have come by knockout, looks to put on another explosive performance against Japanese standout Yushin “Thunder” Okami. Also, it will be bombs away in the co-feature, as Italy’s Alessio “Legionairius” Sakara collides with veteran striker Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera.
A top contender’s middleweight melee, Yushin “Thunder” Okami coming off a TKO win making it his 8th W inside the Octagon was ready to rumble with former NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler Mark Munoz who was riding a three-fight UFC win streak.
Canadian Jason MacDonald may have taken 7 years to get to the UFC, but with his 1st rd. submission of Herman, fans saw he was here to stay. Japan's Yushin Okami tore through the ranks, but after a close decision with Franklin, he's looking for a win.
Martin Kampmann and his 4 UFC wins without a loss, look to move one step closer to a fight with ‘The Spider’, while Nate Marquardt, with a 9 year career spanning 39 fights, hopes to silence ‘The Hitman’ on his way back to a rematch with the 185-pound king.
After taking out a Who’s Who of top contenders, Demian Maia and Nate Marquardt are drawing ever closer to a shot at 185-pound champion Anderson Silva. Now it’s time to see which one of these middleweight standouts will move one more step up the ladder.