sport news UFC Fight Night preview: Okami faces Saint Preux in Japan

UFC Fight Night heads to Saitama, Japan on Friday with a light- heavyweight clash at the top of the billing.

Japanese veteran Yushin Okami returns to the UFC as a late replacement for the injured Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua to take on Ovince Saint Preux in the night's headliner.

It's a big re-entry for Okami against the No 6 ranked 205-pounder in the world having been competing in smaller promotions since 2013. 

Ovince Saint Preux (right) takes on Yushin Okami in the main event of UFC Fight Night Japan 

Ovince Saint Preux (right) takes on Yushin Okami in the main event of UFC Fight Night Japan 

Ovince Saint Preux (20-10-0) vs Yushin 'Thunder' Okami (32-8-0)

Light-heavyweight 

Jon Jones' recent drug test failure leaves the UFC's light-heavyweight division in as weak a state as it has ever been.

But that also means the path to the title is a relatively short one.

Ovince Saint-Preux, who has gone five rounds with Jones in the past, will know an emphatic main event victory will put him right amongst the division's top contenders.

And the test he is up against has become a more straightforward one after Brazilian legend Shogun's late withdrawal.

Okami (left) replaces Mauricio Rua on two weeks notice to make his UFC return after four years

Okami (left) replaces Mauricio Rua on two weeks notice to make his UFC return after four years

Instead he faces 36-year-old Okami, who steps up in weight to make his return to the world's premier mixed-martial-arts promotion.

Okami, who holds wins over the likes of Anderson Silva and Hector Lombard, shouldn't be counted out, however, with a grinding style that could be well suited to this

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