A very intriguing middleweight bout between Mark Munoz and Yushin Okami is expected to take place on the televised main card portion of the UFC on Versus 2 card on August 1 at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. News of the bout was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
Munoz has put together a three-fight winning streak since making the drop down to the middleweight division, picking up wins over Nick Catone at UFC 102, Ryan Jensen at UFC 108 and Kendall Grove at UFC 112 last month.
The move to middleweight was prompted after he suffered his first career loss via a brutal head kick in his Octagon debut against Matt Hamill at UFC 96 last March.
Prior to joining the UFC, Munoz went 2-0 with the organization's sister promotion, the WEC, scoring stoppage wins over Chuck Grigsby and Ricardo Barros. He has put together a near perfect 8-1 MMA record since making his pro debut in July 2007, scoring stoppage wins in six of his eight wins.
Okami (24-5) is 4-1 in his last five bouts, most recently scoring an impressive second round TKO win over Lucio Linhares at UFC Fight Night 21 in March. His lone loss over that stretch came in his previous bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 104 in October.
Okami has put together a 8-2 UFC record since debuting with the promotion in August 2006, scoring other notable Octagon wins over Jason MacDonald, the late Evan Tanner, Dean Lister, Alan Belcher and Mike Swick, while suffering his only other UFC loss to Rich Franklin.
During his seven-year career, Okami has competed for other notable promotions such as Pride, Pancrese, K-1 Hero's, SuperBrawl and Rumble on the Rock. He holds other notable career wins over Nick Thompson and is the last person to defeat UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva; though the win was via disqualification.
Other bouts expected to take place on the televised portion of UFC on Versus 2 include a light-heavyweight bout between fast rising phenom Jon Jones and Vladimir Matyushenko, a lightweight scrap between Takanori Gomi and Joe Stevenson, and a welterweight contest between rising prospects Jake Ellenberger and John Howard.