UFC Fight Night 117 features Saint Preux vs Okami and Gadelha vs Andrade

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

By Tom Wilkinson
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UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan on Saturday, (Friday night in the United States on FXX) features Ovince Saint Preux taking on Yushin Okami and Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade. The bout between Saint Preux and Okami is a late main event change, as Mauricio Rua had to pull out due to injury and was replaced by Okami. The co-main event is a battle of strawweights, with Gadelha ranked No. 2, while Andrade is ranked No. 3. Let’s look at UFC Fight Night 117, with a focus on Saint Preux vs. Okami and Gadelha vs. Andrade.

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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Yushin Okami

Saint Preux is 20-10 in his career, including 8-5 in the UFC. He is ranked as the No. 10 light heavyweight in the latest rankings. He had lost three straight fights before defeating Marcos Rogerio de Lima in April of this year. Saint Preux has been a tough fighter to trust of late, as he has lost four of his last six bouts. Three of his last five bouts have gone to a decision. He does get the benefit of taking on a fighter in Okami who is taking this fight on short notice.

Okami is coming back into the UFC after fighting in other MMA organizations for the past four years. He was released in 2013 after losing to Ronaldo Souza. Okami is 34-10 in his career, including 13-5 in the UFC. He has fought a lot of good competition and beaten some top fighters including Nate Marquardt and Hector Lombard. Okami even had a middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva.

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I realize this is a short notice fight for Okami but I think he has a real chance to win this bout. Saint Preux is simply an overrated fighter who has not lived up to his reputation in his career. Okami will have the home crowd edge and I think he can win this fight as the underdog.

Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade

Gadelha is 15-2 in her career and coming off wins against Cortney Casey and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. The only two losses in the career of Gadelha came to current division champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Gadelha believes that she deserves another title shot if she wins this fight against Andrade. “I think that, getting past Jessica, I won’t have anything else to prove to anyone,” Gadelha told MMAjunkie. “I had two close fights with Joanna. If I don’t deserve that title shot, I don’t think anyone else does.”

Andrade is 16-6 in her career and she is 3-1 as a strawweight in the UFC. This will be her first fight back since losing to Jedrzejczyk at UFC 211.

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It is hard to see how Andrade wins this fight. Gadelha is stronger and has more overall skill than Andrade. The price is probably going to be too high to make a play on Gadelha but she should have little trouble getting this win against Andrade.

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place on Saturday, September 23 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan and will air live on FXX on Friday, September 22 in the United States. There are six fights on the main card on FXX beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern, featuring Ovince Saint Preux vs. Yushin Okami and five preliminary bouts, with four on FXX, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern, and one on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

Main Card (FXX)

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Yushin Okami

Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade

Takanori Gomi vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Gokhan Saki vs. Henrique da Silva

Teruto Ishihara vs. Rolando Dy

Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa

Preliminary Card (FXX)

Keita Nakamura vs. Alex Morono

Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki

Syuri Kondo vs. Chan-Mi Jeon

Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

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