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Tanner vs. Okami Official; Koscheck vs. Hazelett Un-Televised at UFC 82

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After weeks of speculation, a UFC 82 middleweight bout between Evan Tanner and Yushin Okami is now official. Additionally, the UFC today revealed that a welterweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 1” standout Josh Koscheck (9-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Cincinnati-based fighter Dustin Hazelett (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will appear on the event’s un-televised preliminary card.

News of the Tanner vs. Okami has been reported — and re-reported — for the past month. However, Tanner’s camp couldn’t confirm the bout to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and a source close to the UFC told us that UFC executives were “extremely pissed” that news of the fight got out in the first place.

In the interview, Tanner also revealed that the UFC had an extremely difficult time finding him an opponent. The bout was offered to four fighters — all of whom turned it down. The UFC eventually booked Okami, a middleweight contender who’s 5-1 in the UFC. He signed a new contract with the UFC after his most recent fight: a UFC 77 unanimous-decision victory over Jason MacDonald.

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Post #1   1/25/08 6:09:16PM   

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Post #2   1/25/08 6:12:36PM   

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Posted by Kpro

WAR TANNER!



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good kos is boring as f*ck, id rather see a more exciting fight with two lesser known fighters.

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damm ufc 82 is gonna be awsome

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I am curious what 4 fighters turned down the fight.

Post #6   1/25/08 7:05:13PM   

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I still believe that Okami will beat Tanner.

Okami UD

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Is it just me or does anybody else find it odd that Koscheck's fight with Hazelett is getting bumped to the prelims but Diego's fight isnt? Just doesnt make much sense to me...

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Good question. I guess people like Diego more than they like Kos

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i dont wanna see deigo fight ... id prefer seeing kos vs hazlet cuz that one has mroe title implications ... and diegos really doesnt ... but hey ... i think they just did it cuz they dont wanna have 2 many decsions on the card ... which i belive there will be

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Very sad about the Kos fight being moved to under card. I don't think that is very fair to Kos seeing he just went 3 rounds with the current WW champion. Pretty disrespectful.

Kos is boring to some but if you know about wrestling and are a fan of it i find his fights actually very entertaining. Mebbe its just me though.

Bad fight for Tanner imo and Okami takes it by UD. He'll be too strong for Tanner in my mind.

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Posted by DevonFoxy
Bad fight for Tanner imo and Okami takes it by UD. He'll be too strong for Tanner in my mind.



yea and i am curious to see how tanner does after the long lay-off, although i belive okami will win this, with a good gameplan tanner could take this fight......for example how many people have tried to take okami down?? seems like everyone just wants to sprwl and keep it standing, which clearly hasnt worked very well for most, maybe make a gameplan like GSP did with Kos, take him out of his element which is being on top, and put him on his back and control him...its defenately a possibility.....a gameplan like this i think would also work very well against an opponent like sean sherk, who is used to being on top, just watch the GSP fight.

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I like Tanner, but he is going to be too old school. Okami will own him. Tanner will lose and then get one more televised fight and then fade away again. I cant believe Kos is not televised. Going from GSP to untelevised is quite a jump.

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Posted by tuvok500

I still believe that Okami will beat Tanner.

Okami UD






i agree, okami is a rock

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Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7

Is it just me or does anybody else find it odd that Koscheck's fight with Hazelett is getting bumped to the prelims but Diego's fight isnt? Just doesnt make much sense to me...




diego is still a much more popular fighter then koscheck, he is more exciting and more people want to see him fight, plus he's more marketable.

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