Yushin Okami is the last man to defeat UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Only one catch: The win came via disqualification, and Okami wasn’t exactly on his way to victory prior to the illegal upkick that ended the 2006 contest.

Now, more than five years later, Silva gets a chance at redemption when he defends his 185-pound strap against Okami in the main event of UFC 134 on Aug. 27. The outcome will likely be of a more decisive nature this time around, but can Okami’s time spent training with Chael Sonnen lead to a surprising outcome…possibly even another loss for Silva?

It’s one of a number of bouts that gives the Brazilian crowd a chance to cheer on one of their fellow countrymen against foreign competition.

Elsewhere, former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will look to avenge a previous loss when he rematches Forrest Griffin. The first meeting between the two ended with Griffin scoring a stunning upset via submission to welcome the Pride veteran to the UFC Octagon. The Brazilian Rua hopes things will be much different in this go-around.

Brazilian heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will provide a tough test for rising contender Brendan Schaub. Schaub has been on a roll lately, while Nogueira has suffered knockout losses in two of his last three outings.

Rounding out the main card action from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian lightweight Edson Barboza looks to continue his climb up the lightweight ladder when he takes on TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson and light heavyweight Luiz Cane welcomes undefeated Bulgarian Stanislav Nedkov to the Octagon.

The MMA Corner panel of Corey Adams, Bryan Henderson and Rob Tatum break down all of the main card action in this edition of The Round Table.

LHW: Luiz Cane (11-3) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (11-0)

Tatum: Brazilian striking specialist Luiz “Banha” Cane will welcome undefeated Bulgarian light heavyweight Stanislav Nedkov to the Octagon. Nedkov was signed by the promotion over a year ago, but an injury forced him out of a planned bout with Rodney Wallace at UFC 117, and an injury to Steve Cantwell cancelled a scheduled UFC 120 fight.

Luiz Cane (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Cane enters the fight after dismantling Eliot Marshall at UFC 128. He had previously dropped two straight by knockout to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate. Despite his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the southpaw Cane has primarily used his striking to end his fights. Nine of his eleven wins have come by knockout.

Nedkov, meanwhile, makes his promotional debut after winning his first eleven bouts. The well-rounded fighter holds victories over Kevin Randleman and Travis Wiuff under the Sengoku banner. The heavy-handed fighter is yet to face a striker with the credentials of Cane, so this fight represents a true test.

Both fighters’ careers have been filled with first-round stoppages, and I don’t expect anything different in this fight. Cane’s fast hands will be too much for Nedkov, as the Bulgarian’s record gets its first blemish by first-round knockout.

Adams: Until we see Nedkov in the Octagon, I cannot predict him to win. I feel sorry for the guy with multiple injuries, but he will be outmatched in this fight.

Cane is just 1-2 in his last three fights, but his two losses came to tough fighters in Lil Nog and Diabate. If “Banha” wins the fight, I guarantee you it comes by knockout.

Stanislav Nedkov (Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog)

Nedkov is also a guy that looks to stand and bang, but he does have some submission ability as well, with four wins by tapout. I don’t think those grappling skills will be useful in this fight, however, and he better have his fists ready to go.

I expect nothing less than a slugfest in this one. As far as a winner, Cane seems to be the logical choice. Don’t expect this one to last long, fight fans.

Henderson: I have to echo Corey’s sentiment to a degree. It’s always hard to predict a win for a UFC newcomer. It’s not because we don’t know enough about their skills, but rather because you never know what effect “the Octagon jitters” will have on a fighter making his first appearance within the promotion.

Nedkov as fought under the Sengoku banner, but that’s still far from the same environment as the UFC represents. The Bulgarian’s wins over Wiuff and Randleman definitely got him noticed, but they hardly prove that he’ll have success in the UFC. However, he possesses a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as a background in boxing and wrestling.

Against Cane, he’ll face an interesting test. “Banha” seems to have a philosophy of knock ‘em out or get knocked out trying. Cane also holds a black belt in jiu-jitsu though, making the mat just as treacherous as the stand-up for Nedkov to navigate.

I can only envision this ending badly for the Bulgarian. He’s going to find himself on the losing end of exchanges, leading him to seek takedowns. He’ll eat some punches while shooting for those takedowns, and one of those blows will mark the beginning of the end as Cane rocks Nedkov and finishes him with strikes on the ground early in the contest.

LW: Ross Pearson (12-4) vs. Edson Barboza (8-0)

Adams: “The Real Deal” will look to make it two consecutive wins in the UFC by traveling to Brazil to end Barboza’s coming home party.

Ross Pearson (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Pearson last competed in February, defeating a tough UFC veteran in Spencer Fisher by decision. The TUF 9 winner is only 26 years old, but has fought 16 times in his young career. He doesn’t possess one certain style of fighting, but holds a black belt in judo that is useful when wanting to score a takedown.

Fighting in his home country of Brazil will be Barboza, who has knocked out six of the eight opponents he has faced. “Junior” made his debut at UFC 123 by earning a TKO victory over Mike Lullo, then went on to defeat Anthony Njokuani in March. Barboza has a purple belt in BJJ, but his ground game has yet to be seen in the Octagon.

This will be a solid fight in the lightweight division that will boost one of them up in the rankings. The deciding factors I have in this fight are reach and home-crowd advantage. Barboza will have about a six-inch reach advantage and will also be fighting in his backyard. I’m going to go pick Barboza to earn a decision over Pearson in a close fight.

Henderson: Pearson is somewhat of a hard case to figure out. He’s lost via submission to Cole Miller inside the Octagon, but has managed to utilize solid clinch work to win The Ultimate Fighter finals against Andre Winner and displayed impressive stand-up against noted striker Dennis Siver. He’s been fairly consistent so far, but I can’t help but finding myself doubting his ability to come out victorious in any match-up he’s placed in. That leaves me flip-flopping in this one.

Barboza’s specialty is no doubt his striking. However, he couldn’t finish the wildly inconsistent Anthony Njokuani and faded for a stretch mid-fight. Still, he’s got the dangerous weapons to pose a huge problem for Pearson.

Edson Barboza (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

I’m also inclined to think the home-court advantage will play to Barboza’s favor. Look for him to use his lightning-quick kicks to chop away at Pearson early in the bout. Pearson might look to use clinch work to grind on Barboza, but the efforts will be in vain. Barboza might fade for small stretches again against his toughest opponent to date, but the Brazilian crowd will energize him and give him the extra boost he needs to score a late TKO.

Tatum: I’m going to agree with my panelists on this bout and pick the dangerous Brazilian. While Pearson has a strong chin and a solid clinch game, he simply doesn’t have the explosiveness of Barboza.

Barboza not only has the six knockouts in his undefeated MMA career, but he also possesses another 22 in his 25 career kickboxing bouts. His top-level striking is going to be too much for the Brit to handle. I think Bryan nailed it with his prediction of a late TKO, keeping the young Brazilian undefeated.

HW: Brendan Schaub (8-1) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1)

Tatum: In what could be a changing of the guard, heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira takes on former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Brendan Schaub.

Brendan Schaub (white trunks) (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Nogueira has been out of action since February of 2010 while recovering from a variety of injuries, including hip and knee surgeries. “Minotauro” has been a shell of his former self in two of his last three fights, suffering the only two knockouts of his career to Frank Mir and current UFC champ Cain Velasquez. The former Pride and UFC champion looks to get back on track in his native Brazil.

For Schaub, a win against Nogueira could force “The Hybrid” to change his name to “The Legend Killer.” After losing the Ultimate Fighter to Roy Nelson, Schaub has rebounded from the only loss of his career by winning four straight fights. Notably, Schaub dismantled Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko CroCop. The former University of Colorado fullback has used his powerful hands to secure seven of his eight wins.

As nostalgic as a Nogueira win would be, his recent performances against strikers and a lengthy layoff are a recipe for disaster against the explosive Schaub. “The Legend Killer” will move a step closer to a UFC title shot by finishing Nogueira in the first round.

Henderson: It’s hard to believe “Big Nog” is only 35 years old. Thirty-five isn’t exactly young, but one look at the legendary heavyweight and you’d think he’s ten years older. Time does seem to be catching up to him too. His ability to take a beating is not what it used to be, and injuries have slowed him to a one fight per year pace.

Schaub has impressed lately. When he faced Roy Nelson, there was no doubt “Big Country” had the experience and striking to put Schaub away and claim the TUF championship. Now, Schaub can legitimately step into the Octagon as a threat to the division’s established stars. “The Hybrid” has always shown an ability to excel quickly at martial arts, from grappling to boxing. Now, he’s putting it all together in MMA and is developing into a contender.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Sherdog)

While “Minotauro” can never be counted out, Schaub’s youth, athleticism and evolving skill set make him my pick here. Nogueira’s striking and chin aren’t what they once were, and Schaub will be able to capitalize on that. Schaub follows in the footsteps of Mir and Velasquez by handing Nogueira a TKO loss midway through this fight.

Adams: This is a bout that I am looking forward to, as Schaub looks to take out another legend and improve his stock in the UFC heavyweight division even more.

A win over Nogueira will put Schaub in at least the top 10 of the division. He has a solid stand-up game and also trains out of a great training camp under Greg Jackson.

For “Minotauro,” I don’t like the match-up against “The Hybrid.” His last two losses have come by way of knockout and with a guy like Schaub as his next opponent, it’s not something to look forward to. I’m not sure how Nogueira will able to win this fight, unless he somehow gets the fight to the ground.

I don’t believe that will happen though. Schaub will pick him apart on the feet and eventually knock another legend out in the second round.

LHW: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-5) vs. Forrest Griffin (18-6)

Henderson: This definitely feels like a shot at redemption for Rua. Nearly four years after falling victim to a surprise upset courtesy of Griffin, the former Pride star and UFC champion gets a chance to avenge the loss.

Forrest Griffin (l) (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

While “Shogun” was battling injuries at the time of their first fight, he recovered and climbed the ladder to championship gold, a feat Griffin also managed to accomplish by using the victory over Rua as a launching pad.

Now, Rua is coming off a fight where he relinquished the belt to Jon Jones and Griffin is riding a two-fight winning streak.

What makes this fight different from their first meeting has to be Rua’s health and state of mind. He’s at home in the Octagon now, and has proven that the Rua of the Pride days is still there.

Griffin is in for a different type of fight this time. While he’s a great game-planner, he can get overwhelmed by strikers who pack knockout power and delivery flurries of punches. Just look at his fights against Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva.

If there’s one area where Rua excels, it is on his feet. Now, in a better place in his career, “Shogun” will be able to better utilize his stand-up on his way to knocking out Griffin.

Adams: I expect this fight to end similar to the way Anderson Silva finished Griffin at UFC 92: In embarrassing fashion.

Brazilian fight fans probably do not like Griffin after he ran out of the ring to the locker room following the Silva fight. Now with another Brazilian, Rua, getting his chance for revenge on the TUF 1 winner, the odds of Griffin winning are slim.

I do think Griffin is a good fighter, but when put up against Rua, I smell a punishing knockout coming.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Griffin has fell to the knockout four times in his career and Rua will make it five. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say “Shogun” gets the win with a front kick to the face (Silva style) in the first round.

Tatum: While many Pride fans will rant and rave over the likes of Fedor Emelianenko or Wanderlei Silva, my most vivid moments from the now defunct promotion involve the man known as “Shogun.” Whether it was the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix win or the demolition of Alistair Overeem at Pride 33, there was little doubt in my mind who the best 205-pound fighter on the planet was prior to UFC 76.

Not to take anything away from Rua’s opponent that night, a reality show winner named Forrest Griffin, but something was very off with the Brazilian. Was it a fluke? Maybe. Is Griffin a better fighter? We are about to find out.

As both of my fellow panelists have already mentioned, this is Rua’s shot at redemption. I firmly believe that a motivated and focused “Shogun” may very well be the most dangerous fighter on the planet. Look at his destruction of Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 as a reference point. He was wronged by the judges in his title challenge at UFC 104 and made sure that it would not happen twice. At only 29, Rua has many years left for another title run.

Despite Griffin’s current win streak, and talk of title contention, his demeanor and words lead me to believe that he is only a fight or two away from the end of the road. The fire that led him to win The Ultimate Fighter and the UFC light heavyweight belt does not appear to burn as bright as it once did. Against a dangerous opponent like Rua, he’s going to be in for a rough night.

In the battle of former champions, Rua will get his revenge by embarrassing Griffin in front of the Brazilian crowd. A knockout for the ages is in order, as “Shogun” moves back into the 205-pound title picture.

MW Championship: Anderson Silva (30-4) vs. Yushin Okami (26-5)

Adams: The long-time UFC middleweight champion Silva returns to his home land to take on Japanese sensation “Thunder” Okami. It will be a rematch between the two.

Anderson Silva (l) (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Their first encounter in 2006 at Rumble on the Rock 8 has no meaning when dictating the upcoming fight on Saturday, however, as the bout was ruled a DQ after Silva landed an illegal upkick to Okami.

Also, both fighters have improved very much in the five-year span, especially Silva. Since his DQ loss to Okami, “The Spider” has gone a remarkable 14-0, including winning the middleweight belt in the UFC, and defending his crown eight times. There is no doubt that Silva is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

Okami’s resume is far from Silva’s accomplishments, but he is a tough fighter with wins over Evan Tanner and Nate Marquardt, to name a few. But I do not see how Okami will be able to end Silva’s streak of title defenses.

Other than judo, there isn’t a style of fighting that Okami can use to defeat Silva. The Brazilian is the most skilled striker in the sport and has a ground game that can submit anyone.

In my eyes, this will not be a good night for Okami as he will be yet another victim in the champ’s long list of opponents beaten. My hunch is that “The Spider” will get the win with a spectacular knockout in round three.

Tatum: It is hard to argue Corey’s outlook on this title bout. While Okami is one of the most hard-nosed fighters in the world, it is the deficiencies in his game that will doom him against the champion Silva.

With Okami training with Chael Sonnen, it should be expected that he will look to utilize the same blueprint that Sonnen laid out in his UFC 117 bout. Although Silva ultimately come out on top of that battle, Sonnen largely dominated the champion with his wrestling through the first twenty minutes of the fight. Okami’s style is perfectly suited for the same approach, as he has used his strong top game to grind down a number of opponents throughout his career.

Yushin Okami (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

Where Okami is going to be in trouble in this fight is on the feet. Not only is his striking very mechanical, almost robotic, his hand speed and head movement are no match for the dangerous Brazilian. Silva’s striking technique is unmatched in the middleweight division, and he will be able to dictate the fight while standing.

Expect Okami to make it through the first round, and maybe the second, by using his size to prevent Silva from landing too many shots, but over the course of the fight, Silva will once again prove why he is one of the greatest fighters to ever step into the Octagon. I’ll agree with Corey’s pick and expect the champ to retain his belt with a highlight-reel knockout.

Henderson: If there’s one thing I hope for in any Silva fight, it’s that he’ll face an opponent who makes him fight, rather than clown around. Chael Sonnen has been the only fighter in quite some time to make Silva work. Now, we get Okami, who’s training with Sonnen.

Okami could use clinch work and takedowns to replicate Sonnen’s performance (minus the submission loss, as Okami’s submission defense is superior to Sonnen’s). Prior to Okami’s loss to Sonnen, I might even have found this to be the deciding factor in the contest. But that loss might be just as much of a blueprint for Silva to follow as Sonnen’s performance against “The Spider” is a blueprint for Okami to follow. Silva’s striking is far beyond that of Sonnen, which only makes matters worse for the Japanese middleweight challenger.

Okami’s game plan will get him through the early portion of the fight in similar, though far less dominant, fashion to that of Sonnen. However, Silva won’t let things get so far this time around. The middleweight champion will turn it up in the third round and score the knockout.

Top Photo: (l to r) Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Sherdog)