UFC 122, the UFC's second venture into Germany, will air via tape delay on Spike TV. The main event featuring Yushin Okami fighting Nate Marquardt will play out at Konig Pilsener Arena which seats about 13,000 people.
Yushin Okami has stayed in the United States to train for his upcoming bout with Team Quest, home of top wrestlers Chael Sonnen and Matt Lindland. Marquardt has stuck with his Colorado based training under Trevor Wittman TKO's and Team Jackson.
(Okami punching Rory Singer)
I expect Marquardt, a former King of Pancrase to be the aggressor, looking for takedowns and power punches. Okami will look to clinch and shucking off takedowns while looking to dirty box. Marquardt will look to use his black belt BJJ skills on the mat mixing in devastating ground and pound.
(Marquardt throwing a knee)
Okami has career victories over Mark Muñoz, Jason MacDonald and Evan Tanner. Nate Marquardt has TKO's in the UFC over Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares and Martin Kampmann.
Jorge Rivera will fight Alessio Sakara in the co-main event. Both fighters are riding three fight win streaks hoping for a #1 contender match in the middleweight division. With each fighter having devastating boxing, expect this fight to play out on the feet. This fight shouldn't go the distance.
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