Yushin Okami’s debut with the World Series of Fighting will take place this month – and not in Japan as most expected.

Okami will face Svetlozar Savov at WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares on March 29. Along with a world title match between Steve Carl and Rousimar Palhares, the Okami-Savov fight will be featured on NBC Sports Network.

“I was already excited for World Series of Fighting 9, but the addition of Yushin Okami against Svetlozar Savov to our live NBCSN broadcast leaves no question that this is the best card we’ve ever put together,” World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo said. “This card now has some of the world’s most established talent, as well as some of the top up-and-coming names in the sport. This truly is a card you do not want to miss.”

Okami (29-8) was released by the UFC after a loss to Ronaldo Souza. Prior to that, “Thunder” picked up three straight wins. He is a former one-time contender to the UFC middleweight title.

Savov is 12-4 and owns 11 finishes in his career.

Below is the current card for the night:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network)

WSOF Welterweight Championship
Steve Carl (c) vs. Rousimar Palhares

Vacant WSOF Bantamweight Championship
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse

Middleweight: Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov

Welterweight: Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson

Lightweight: Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez


Featherweight: Mike Corey vs. Shane Kruchten

Featherweight: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. John Gunderson

Bantamweight: Sean Cantor vs. Bryson Hansen

Welterweight: Phil Dace vs. Danny Davis

Featherweight: Brenson Hansen vs. Boostayre Nefarios

Bantamweight: Jimmy Jones vs. Rudy Morales

Lightweight: Gil Guardado vs. Jimmy Spicuzza