Top middleweight contender Yushin Okami (22-4) will return to the octagon on December 27th to take on Dean Lister (11-5) at UFC 92 in Las Vegas, according to MMA Weekly.
Okami was to square off with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for the 185-pound title in the main event of UFC 90 in October but was knocked out of the bout due to a broken hand and was replaced by Patrick Cote. With his hand now healed he’ll return to the cage in December and will look to keep his immediate title aspirations alive against Lister. Okami, who holds a DQ victory over Silva, is 7-1 in the UFC, losing his lone bout to Rich Franklin in June 2007 before rebounding for back-to-back wins over Jason MacDonald and Evan Tanner.
Lister, a former King of the Cage champion, is 4-1 in the UFC, losing to Nate Marquardt while earning victories over Alessio Sakara, Yuki Sasaki, Jordan Radev, and most-recently Jeremy Horn. He was to take on Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 15 earlier this month but was forced to withdraw from the matchup after suffering a minor knee injury.
The middleweight matchup is slated for the UFC 92 main card, which is headlined by UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira versus former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.