The most successful Japanese fighter in UFC history, Yushin “Thunder” Okami (26-6) will take on Tim “The Barabarian” Boetsch (14-4) at UFC 144 on Feb. 26 when the organization returns to Japan for the first time since Dec. 2000 when UFC 29 took place in Tokyo.
UFC President Dana White confirmed Tuesday via the company website that both fighters had verbally agreed to the bout.
Also, Boetsch posted on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that his bout agreement was signed and delivered.
The 30-year-old Okami is coming off a second round TKO loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 134 in Rio back in August. Prior to that he had scored a TKO win over Lucio Linhares, a split decision win over Mark Munoz and a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt to earn the title shot.