Yushin Okami

Yushin Okami is a Japanese fighter known for his ground control.

Road to the TitleEdit

He won his last fight against Lucio Linhares via doctor stoppage. He then defeated Mark Munoz by an impressively narrow split decision.

He was next set to fight Vitor Belfort in Belfort's official UFC middleweight debut. Then, with number-one contender Chael Sonnen being busted for steroids, the winner of Belfort vs. Okami was suspected to gain the next title shot at Silva.

Belfort withdrew with yet another injury and was replaced with Nate Marquardt and now THAT matchup would decide the next number-one contender who would face off against the winner of Belfort vs. Anderson Silva. Okami won the fight via narrow unanimous decision and earned the long-deserved title shot.

He next fought for the title in a rematch against Silva in Silva's native Brazil. Silva completey dominated Okami, winning via second round TKO.

After the Title: Twilight of Okami's UFC CareerEdit

Okami next signed on to face former light-heavyweight slugger Tim Boetsch in Okami's native Japan. After dominating Boetsch for the first two rounds, Okami was knocked out by Boetsch in the third.

Okami rallied and came back to defeat late replacement Buddy Roberts via second round technical knockout.

Okami next signed for a rematch with Alan Belcher at the end of December 2012. Okami dominated Belcher en route to a unanimous decision victory.

He next signed to face former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard in his own native Japan. He defeated Lombard via a close split decision.

Okami next signed in May 2013 to fight former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza. Souza defeated Okami via first round technical knockout. Okami was then cut from the UFC.

World Series of FightingEdit

Okami next signed with the WSOF and several months later in March 2014 he was set to make his long-awaited debut against fellow newcomer the Bulgarian Svetlozar Savov defeating a game Savov via second round arm triangle choke submission.

Okami then fought middleweight champion and fellow UFC veteran Dave Branch losing an extremely tepidly paced bout via fourth round TKO.

Okami then dropped to welterweight for a number-one contender bout against fellow UFC veteran Jon Fitch, losing a tepidly paced but dominant unanimous decision.


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