After spending the last seven and a half years and 18 fights with the UFC, middleweight veteran Yushin Okami is set to make his debut for a new promotion when he steps into the World Series of Fighting cage on March 29.
Even though he’s moving on to a new promotion, Okami told MMAWeekly.com that it doesn’t matter where he’s fighting as he’ll always be the same fighter.
“The promotion are different, but my aim that to be the strongest fighter is the same,” he said. “I don’t feel like it’s starting over. I’m satisfied with my selections. I am only doing my best.”
Okami is coming off a loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fight Night 28 in September. In the past, he’s shown great ability to rebound off of losses, having only once in his career lost two fights in a row.
“(I will do) same as up till now, I will keep on going learning from my failures,” he said. “Losing a game is a big chance for me to improve myself. I can show you the best Okami on March 29. Please judge what has changed by my next fight.”
When Okami (28-9) makes his WSOF debut, he’ll be facing fellow promotional newcomer Svetlozar Savov (12-4) in Las Vegas.
“He has high physical ability and I feel his movement for one is very powerful,” said Okami of Savov. “He is young and energetic fighter, and also his fight style is aggressive, so it will match with my fight style that is evolved more.
“To win the fight, I will put pressure on him at all times and attack him with all my skills. I’m sure that this will bring me a victory.”
Looking forward the rest of 2014, Okami feels he can do in the WSOF what he was unable to accomplish in the UFC.
“To be the middleweight champion of the WSOF is my goal for this year,” said Okami. “I promise to show you my evolved fighting (skills) at WSOF; my new field of fighting; don’t miss it!”