Dana White announced at today's media scrum that the UFC is working on a fight between Yushin Okami and Ronaldo Souza. The event is currently unknown, and bout agreements have not been signed, but that is the fight that the two men are being offered. White also revealed that the UFC has no immediate plans for Vitor Belfort, but the winner of the Okami vs. Souza fight may be in line to face him.
Yushin "Thunder" Okami is one of the UFC's longest tenured Middleweights. For years he was considered a dark horse challenger to Anderson Silva, his only UFC losses coming against Rich Franklin and Chael Sonnen. When his title shot finally did come it was short and violent. One loss followed another with a burtal KO by Tim Boetsch, but since then Okami has seen a return to form. He's currently on a three fight win streak with decisive victories over Buddy Roberts and Alan Belcher, and a close split decision victory over Hector Lombard.
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza is an old face in a new place, coming off an incredibly dominant UFC debut over Chris Camozzi. He's one of the worlds most decorated Jiu Jitsu black belts and a decently polished striker. Prior to his UFC entrance he gained notable victories over Alexander Shlemenko, Tim Kennedy, and Robbie Lawlor. He was the Strikeforce Middleweight champion before losing the belt to Luke Rockhold and despite being a recent addition to the UFC is a solid top ten fighter in the division.
This is an excellent fight to separate out who's who at middleweight, but it has real potential to turn into a poor kickboxing contest. Okami is largely a 1-2 fighter on the feet, using basic boxing combinations to set up clinch opportunities and dominating top control. However, the ground is the last place he'll want to engage Souza, who holds a world of experience and talent over even most of the best MMA grapplers. If Okami does decide to take on Souza in the clinch this could be an exciting fight, if he decides to keep the fight standing at all costs, fans could be in for a long, painful experience.
It's not 100% confirmed as of yet, and no date has been offered for the fight, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as soon as more details become available.