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Following UFC Release, Yushin Okami Signs with World Series of Fighting

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Yushin-Okami-UFC-144-0074The UFC recently released Top 10 middleweight Yushin Okami, but it didn’t take the Japanese veteran long to find a new home.

World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo on Sunday announced that Okami agreed to fight for his promotion, confirming an initial report from MMAFighting.com.

Okami is unlikely to make his WSOF debut until early 2014.

The Japanese veteran had been a staple of the UFC’s 185-pound division since 2006, amassing a record of 13-5 in the Octagon. His overall MMA record currently stands at 29-8.

Okami is coming off of a first-round loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza via TKO stoppage on the Sept. 4 fight card in Brazil. That loss ended a three-fight winning streak over the likes of Buddy Roberts, Alan Belcher, and Hector Lombard.

He is one of only five men to hold a victory over former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, albeit due to Silva being disqualified for an illegal up-kick during their Rumble on the Rock 8 bout in early 2006.

Okami has been a title contender almost from the day he set foot in the Octagon. He finally got a crack at the belt and another shot at Silva at UFC 134 in August of 2011 in Brazil. Silva took Okami out by way of TKO stoppage in the second round.

“You have to look at a guy, right?  And I’ve said many times that I have nothing but respect for Yushin Okami,” said UFC president Dana White in explaining the UFC’s decision to release Okami. “He’s one of the best Japanese fighters ever, but a guy gets to the point where he becomes the gatekeeper. It’s time for Yushin Okami to go out and test himself outside of the UFC, get some wins and maybe come back.”

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  • Mike Buchta

    Just off of the top of my head, I can’t think of one Middleweight in WSOF. I’m pretty sure he will take that belt in no time.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      I like WSOF a lot but your right it’s hard to think of names in their divsion. David Branch and Paulho Filho. UFC should have kept him for one or two more fights most b/c now he’s going to rack up wins against who? Then come back to a stacked MW division in the UFC? He can take the belt at WSOF and be a dominant champion.

      • Lucas Freire

        I’d not jump into conclusions so fast. Fitch would also dominate at WW on WSOF.

  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    Okami is too big as a fighter for any new prospect of WSOF MWs like Mutapcic.

  • really?

    There is a gentleman, who goes by the name Krasimir Mladenov and is currently fighting in the middleweight division in WSOF. …Remember the name.

    • shakejunt

      his last opponent was 5-0, fair enough, but what about his 2 fights before? a guy making his pro debut and a guy coming off 3 losses. idk if he’s even on yushin’s radar.

      • really?

        He is building momentum now…in time he will come to be a legit contender. Mladenov trains with Bellator`s – Blagoi Ivanov( the guy who beat Fedor in Combat Sambo) in Xtreme Couture. I believe that Bulgarian fighters will make an impact in MMA.

        • shakejunt

          not disagreeing, really loving the eastern talent that has been making it’s way to the ufc. you can have all the wins in the world, but it’s gotta be against real competition before you get an accurate assessment of their talent.

  • whatever

    Wrong choice but I guess he`s a grappler. All grapplers are better suited for the restricted rules of unified rules of MMA, which prohibit the punishment of an opponent if his hand is on the ground. You hear more and more people booing than seeing excitement in the wrong. Furthermore WSOF is just a re-invention of UFC without innovation or great contents worth mentioning. Its like a leftover garbage being picked up to recycle.

    • shakejunt

      b-leagues and feeder organizations are a necessity. new talent comes from them and old talent helps gauge what they have.