On Friday, Sept. 23 (in North America), the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 117: Saint Preux vs. Okami from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In the night’s main event, former interim light heavyweight title challenger Ovince Saint Preux clashed with former middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami. Saint Preux was originally slated to rematch former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but the Brazilian was forced off the card. “OSP” was coming off a second-round submission win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima in April. Okami, meanwhile, returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2013. The veteran fighter rides a four-fight winning streak into the headlining affair.
Also on the card, strawweight contenders Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade locked horns.
The 10-fight event kicked off Friday with four preliminary card bouts airing live on FXX. The six-fight main card followed at 10 p.m. ET, also on FXX.