UFC Fight Night 117 Odds – The UFC is in Tokyo this weekend for UFN 117 headlined by Yushin Okami’s UFC return against veteran slugger Ovince St Preux.
Japan’s Okami was a fixture of the UFC’s roster a few years ago and he was considered one of the top middleweight fighters in the world. At the height of his first run with the big show, UFC President Dana White went so far as to call him the best fighter to ever come out of Japan. He went 9-2 with the company to earn a shot at middleweight world champion Anderson Silva and he came up short.
The consummate pro, Okami went back to work after the Silva loss, putting together the fourth winning streak of three fights or longer in the UFC. In September of 2013, he had his three-fight winning streak snapped by Ronaldo Souza and the UFC cut him from their roster.
Okami signed with the World Series of Fighting, but he went a lackluster 1-2 to start off his WSOF run. In Okami’s most recent outing with the WSOF he fought Paul Bradley at WSOF 34 on December 31st and notched a split decision win. Okami has also gone 3-0 fighting in Japan and on a smaller event in the state of Washington so he returns to the UFC on a four-fight winning streak.
Okami is now fighting at light heavyweight and he returns at 36 years old. Greeting Okami on his return to the UFC is rugged Ovince St Preux. Do not let the 20-10 overall record of St Preux fool you, the man is a tall order for Okami on his way back in the UFC door. How tough is St Preux? He went five rounds with UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones on short notice. St Preux is coming off a win in his last fight this past April and that win snapped a three-fight losing streak.
The women’s 115-pound division gets the co-feature spot as Jessica Andrade takes on Claudia Gadelha in an all-Brazil battle that sees Andrade trying to get back on track after losing a title shot against champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Gadelha has won two in a row since she took a loss to Jedrzejczyk and both women are hoping to line-up rematches with the champion.
Japan versus Korea action hits the lightweight division as veteran Takanori Gomi takes on Dong Hyun Kim in a match that should be Gomi’s last, win or lose. Gomi turns 39 years old the day before the fight and the match will mark the 50th time he has entered an MMA ring as a pro. Kim has a 14-8-3 overall MMA record but at 10 years younger than Gomi he is the much more athletic fighter of the two heading into this one.
The live event is at the Saitama Super Arena and has twelve fights in all. As expected the card is heavy on talent from Asia and you can find odds for the entire card out there. Here in this latest TnS UFC Blog, we review the odds for the main three fights.
UFC Fight Night 117 – Saitama Super Arena – Saitama, Japan – FXX
Light Heavyweight 5 rounds –
Yushin Okami +360 o1½ -185
Ovince Saint Preux -450 u1½ +160
UFC Fight Night 117 –
Jessica Andrade +240 o2½ -225
Claudia Gadelha -280 u2½ +185
Lightweight 3 rounds –
Takanori Gomi +320 o1½ +150
Dong Hyun Kim -390 u1½ -170
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