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Report: UFC Lets Former Contender Yushin Okami Go

Yushin Okami

Just like Jon Fitch found out not long ago, a winning record and years as a contender doesn’t ensure a position with the UFC, as Yushin Okami has reportedly been let go by the promotion.

According to a report from MMA, the UFC has confirmed with the outlet that Okami has been released, following his stoppage loss to “Jacare” Souza on September 4th. The defeat ended a three fight winning streak for Okami, which included victories over Buddy Roberts, Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard.

In August, 2011, Okami worked his way into a title fight with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva, but was stopped in the second round. So, the 32 year-old exits the UFC having gone 13-5 in the Octagon, which includes wins over other noted vets like Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz and Mike Swick among others. Despite his success, Okami’s grinding style didn’t always thrill the MMA masses, which may have been a consideration in the UFC’s decision.

Due to his accomplishments and lengthy run with the UFC, one would think Okami will find work soon with another big stage promotion.

(Article originally posted at Caged

  • MCM says:

    Bull fucking shit! Letting Papy Abedi and James Head go, I can understand. But to let go of a permanent top 10er that even Dana has said is the best fighter Japan ever produced is fucking ridiculous.
    I get that there are fans out there that don’t care for the wrestling heavy, dominating fighters, but there are those of us there they do enjoy watching a fighter thoroughly dominate another without taking any damage. If we have to put up with fuck balls like the Diaz bros. that don’t do shit but call other fighters “Bitch” and wave their hands in the air, other fans can put up with actual athletes performing at the top of their crafts.
    No sport organization that claims to be the best in the world should EVER cut a top 10 competitor. I don’t care what the fucking president thinks of their style.

  • raker says:

    I’m surprised at this one. In some ways though I guess he’s had his kick at the can and is lost somewhere between contendership and promising up and comer. Solid gatekeeper though

  • sdouglasmc says:

    Had to be a negotiation issue. While I agree he should still be in the UFC (especially in the middleweight division), he may have priced himself out of a job… I can’t see any other way.

  • MCM says:

    He was making $42k to show. Don’t see how that’s too much for the UFC?

  • THEGUNNER says:

    they have 6 events between nov and the end of dec. Why let go strong competitors go at least put him on prelims first. Going from title shot in brazil to countless ppv upper cards to cut is unbelievable.

  • Creature says:

    Im kinda split in my thoughts on this.. On one side he is a long time staple in the MW division, still a solid top 10 guy, and with the MW division getting more interesting by the day hes a good guy to have around, as a contender and/or just a stepping stone/gatekeeper. Or if a top guy gets injured (Bisping) he could easily step in without hurting another card by having to pull a fighter/fight from it.

    But on the other side, a guy who isnt exactly pulling in big ratings and has a good chance at ending a valuable contenders chances at a title shot, while most likely not being able to get one himself.

    Regardless I think he has a good chance at being a champ at Bellator or WSOF.. But I also said that about Fitch.


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