Fans were left with their jaws dropped yesterday when the UFC decided to hand seasoned veteran Yushin Okami his walking papers despite being a Top 10 middleweight. According to UFC President Dana White, Okami’s status as a gatekeeper who couldn’t quite get over the hump was the main reason for his release. With the UFC’s increased interest in developing fresh talent over established competitors, it seems there are at least a few fighters likely to follow in Okami’s footsteps at some point soon to the chagrin of MMA enthusiasts everywhere. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)