David Terrell has pulled out of his scheduled UFC 62 fight against Yushin Okami. No replacement has been found for Terrell yet, as he just informed the UFC of his on Wednesday night.
Terrell apparently told the UFC that he would not be able to fight due to the fact that he has been taking medication for a sinus infection and has been unable to train properly.
Terrell’s prior fight in the UFC was a submission victory over Scott Smith at UFC 59 in April of this year. Smith, with a UFC record of 0-1, then became a contestant on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Prior to facing Scott Smith, Terrell went more than one full year without fighting, as his previous fight was a February 2005 loss to Evan Tanner at UFC 51.
Though we don’t know who he’ll be fighting at UFC 62 on August 26th, Yushin Okami will be making his UFC debut after establishing himself with a 16-3 MMA record in Japan and Hawaii. In the Rumble on the Rock promotion’s 170-pound tournament that was held in Hawaii earlier this year, Okami was eliminated when he lost to eventual tournament champion Jake Shields by unanimous decision, but many ringside observers felt that Okami deserved to get the judges’ decision.
Since the Shields fight, Okami has moved up to middleweight and has gone 2-0 in Japan’s Greatest Common Multiple (GCM) promotion, with victories over Ji Won Pang in May and Izuru Takeuchi in June.