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Here is everything you need to know about UFC Fight Night in Japan Ovince Saint Preux and Okami square off. Saturday, the UFC returns to the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, the old stomping grounds of Pride FC. The card, which takes place on FXX, is heavy on Japanese talent, as well as other fighters from around the world looking to make memories in one of the most famous fight.
The UFC’s return to Japan follows the theme of “the bigger the name, the bigger the odds” as UFC Fight Night 117 goes Friday night at Super Arena. The card was originally topped by light contenders Ovince Saint Preux and Mauricio Rua, but Shogun was injured, forcing former middleweight contender Yushin Okami into the Main Event. And sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark clearly don’t believe Okami’s time away from the UFC has served him well as he is a huge underdog to the erratic Saint Preux.
Yushin Okami returns to the UFC to fill in for an injured Mauricio Rua. The Japanese fighter takes on Ovince Saint Preux in the light heavyweight division. Okami is a grinder that will be fighting up at 205, so he will have a clear size and strength disadvantage. However, he has a style that could be good in this matchup, so he shouldn’t be counted out. Right now, outside the UFC, Okami is on a four-fight winning streak, though it’s been at a lower weight class against lower levels of competition.
He should also be buoyed by a home crowd and has the size to hang with a bigger man in Saint Preux, who has lost four of his past six fights. Most of the Asian betting sites offering lines on this fight have Okami at nearly +400 (bet $100 to win $400) odds. While the rest of the card is heavy on local Japanese and South Korean talent, the best scrap of the night features two women from Brazil. And again, oddsmakers have a steep betting line here on the favorite Claudia Gadelha (-270) over Jessica Andrade (+210).
Both lost recent title shots at the 115-pound women’s strap, and Andrade would make a case for a rematch against Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a win here. Gadelha faces a tougher road back to a title fight, as she has already lost twice to the champion. The other big name on the card is Japanese MMA pioneer Takanori Gomi, who is a big underdog against South Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim. That’s the lightweight Dong Hyun Kim nicknamed Maestro, not the middleweight Dong Hyun Kim nicknamed Stun Gun, for those keeping track at home.
Gomi, known as the Fireball Kid, has been finished emphatically in his past four UFC fights, so his presence here is mainly for name appeal on the card. Oddsmakers seem to agree, setting Kim, a middling fighter who was finished violently in his first two UFC scraps, at an expensive -350 price on the betting lines. Japan and Australia will be represented in a welterweight bout, as Shinsho Anzai looks to defend his home turf against the invading Luke Jumeau. Anzai has not competed in two years, something that could affect him in terms of ring rust.
The King of Pancrase Daici Abe is set to make his UFC debut in victorious fashion, but in his way is fellow welterweight Hyun Gyu Lim of South Korea. Abe is a top prospect in Japan right now, as the 25-year-old fighter has not yet hit his peak in this sport. He’s gone to decision just once in his five-fight career thus far, though his competition level has not been of the highest. He likes to strike and possesses power, which is why 80% of his fights end via (T)KO. He takes on a willing dance partner in Lim, who loves to strike in his own right.