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UFC 134: Silva v. Okami Preview, Predictions

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Nearly 13 years ago at UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held it’s first ever event in Brazil. This Saturday, August 27th the promotion makes its long-awaited returns to Brazil with UFC 134 Silva vs. Okami from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

The UFC and MMA in general is filled a plethora top-level fighters from Brazil and at UFC 134 many of those top talents will be on display.

Starting at the top of the card with the best Brazilian fighter on the planet and reigning UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva (30-4). Making his ninth title defense and riding a 14 fight winning streak, Silva will take on the last man to defeat him in Yushin Okami. The two fought in the opening round of the Rumble on the Rock welterweight tournament where Silva was disqualified for landing an illegal upkick that prevented Okami from continuing. While Silva wasn’t actually defeated, it is the last blemish on the record for “The Spider”.

UFC 134 has 14 Brazilians on the card; eight of them are matched up against non-Brazilians, while the other six are matched up against each other. The entire 12 bout card only has one fight that does not include at least one Brazilian fighter in it as Yves Jabouin (Canada) talks on Ian Loveland (United States).

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Since you’re being flooded with knowledge here is a little bit more. UFC 134 also included four former or current UFC champions in Anderson Silva (Middleweight), Maurico Rua (Light Heavyweight), Forrest Griffin (Light Heavyweight) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Interim Heavyweight).

Enough knowledge, time for the predictions:

Main Event:

185 lbs.: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami – Anderson Silva (2nd rd. Submission)

Main Card (Pay-per-view):

205 lbs.: Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio Rua – Mauricio Rua (2nd rd. TKO)
265 lbs.: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub – Brendan Schaub (2nd rd. KO)
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson – Edson Barboza (3rd rd. TKO)
205 lbs.: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov – Luiz Cane (1st rd. TKO)

Spike TV Prelims:

155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares – Spencer Fisher (Unanimous Decision)
185 lbs.: Dan Miller vs. Rousimar Palhares – Rousimar Palhares (Unanimous Decision)

Preliminary Card (Facebook):

170 lbs.: Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos - Erick Silva (2nd rd. Submission)
170 lbs.: David Mitchell vs. Paulo Thiago – Paulo Thiago (Unanimous Decision)
145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Yuri Alcantara – Yuri Alcantara (Unanimous Decision)
135 lbs.: Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland – Ian Loveland (3rd rd. TKO)
145 lbs.: Johnny Eduardo vs. Raphael Assuncao – Johnny Eduardo (Unanimous Decision)

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