4 Submissions ( 15.38 %)
12 Decisions ( 46.15 %)
4 Decisions ( 66.67 %)
Yushin Okami In The News
Posted on August 27, 2011
Yushin Okami Profile
There are few Japanese fighters that have had the success Yushin Okami has had in North American mixed martial arts. As a judo black belt, and a submission wrestler, Okami has been able to use his strength and power to control where the fight takes place. His MMA career started in Japan, and he fought early on in the inception of the world renowned Pride organization. By the time 2006 rolled around, he had amassed a 16-3 record with wins in Pancrase, Pride, Rumble on The Rock, and M1. He was only finished once out of those three losses, and hasn’t been finished since. He is also known as the last man to defeat current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. In the first round, Silva was out-striking Okami when Okami was finally able to take him down after several failed attempts. Silva landed an illegal up kick, as Okami was a downed opponent, and Okami was given the disqualification win and advanced in the tournament. Months later, he lost in the second round of that tournament to ex Strikeforce Middleweight champion Jack Shields.
Okami entered his current MMA home of the UFC soon after in 2006 when he faced and defeated Alan Belcher at UFC 62. He went on to win his next four fights when he faced Rich Franklin(who went on to be the champion) in a number one contender fight, and Okami suffered his first UFC loss. Okami went on to win his next three fights and again found himself in a title eliminator fight against Chael Sonnen. Falling short again, and losing by decision, Okami went back to the drawing board. 3 wins later, that included a title eliminator fight against Nate Marquardt, Okami finds himself training for Anderson Silva who he will face at UFC 134 in Brazil.
Although in the first fight it wasn’t going Okami’s way, It is obvious both Anderson Silva and Okami have evolved as fighters since there first meeting. It should be noted Okami’s last three losses were either to champions(Rich Franklin and Jake Shield) or fighters who would go on to fight for the title(Chael Sonnen.)