Anderson Silva’s most recent title challenger, Yushin Okami, will return to action next February when the UFC invades Japan.

The UFC announced today that Okami will take on Tim Boetsch at UFC 144.

“Undefeated since dropping down to middleweight, Tim ‘The Barbarian’ Boetsch has verbally agreed to face top three ranked Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami February 26th in Tokyo, Japan,” said UFC President Dana White.

Boetsch is on a two-fight win streak, but his wins have come against Kendall Grove and Nick Ring while Okami is 2-1 against the division’s upper crust in his last three outings. If it wasn’t already a tough enough fight for Boetsch, he’ll be meeting Okami on his home turf. At least Boetsch can take solace in the fact that the Japanese fans are quiet and peaceful unlike the wild and crazy crowds down in Brazil.

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