Another Japanese star has been added to the UFC's next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, as Yushin Okami is now set to compete against former Bellator champion, Hector Lombard. The UFC made the announcement late Monday night, pitting the two top ranked middleweights and Judo black belts, who interestingly enough also have the nicknames "Thunder" and "Lightning".
The UFC on FUEL TV 8 card will be host a 5-round fight between former PRIDE king, Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann, along with Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt and several fighters from their last Asian card as well.
Takanori Gomi, Riki Fukuda, and Dong Hyun Kim, who all competed at UFC Macau, will once again be logging cage time. Korean prospects Hyun Gyu Lim and Kyung Ho Kang are also set to make their much anticipated UFC debuts, and they have been re-booked against their original opponents after both fighters had pull out of UFC Macau.
Check out the current fight card for the UFC's next trip to Japan this March:
UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
March 3, 2012 -- Saitama Super Arena, Japan
- Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
- Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt
- Yushin Okami vs. Hector Lombard
- Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
- Dong Hyun Kim vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
- Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya
- Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares
- Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Caraway
- Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome
- Alex Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang
- Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim