The last time a Japanese Mixed Martial Artist fought Anderson "The Spider" Silva, it was at Rumble on the Rock 8 in Honolulu, Hawaii—the event that many in the MMA world recognize as the night of Silva's last official loss in Mixed Martial Arts, a loss that came at the hands of Yushin "Thunder" Okami.
On that night, a still-controversial ending occurred in their opening round bout of the Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Tournament, as a Silva upkick landed and seemed to knock Okami out, but speculations arose as to whether it was Okami's feet or his knees that were on the ground.
The referee ruled the upkick illegal, giving the win to Okami, but not leaving either man—or the crowd—satisfied in full with the ending of that opening round bout.
When UFC: Rio finally gets announced, fans of the sport will already know of one fight that will be going down, and as MMA Junkie reported yesterday, that bout will be the rematch between Okami and The Spider.
Years after their first outing, the fighters look the same, but will the tools they each possess result in the rematch producing the same outcome?
This is an early head-to-toe breakdown of the possible main event of UFC: Rio.