36-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 34-11-0
September 22, 2017 Yushin Okami News
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Okami was defeated by Ovince Saint Preux via submission (von flue choke) at 1:50 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Japan.
Okami came in with the strategy of using grappling to defeat the much larger Saint Preux. However, this strategy backfired. Okami tried to sweep Saint Preux, but left himself wide open for the former Tennessee Volunteer's patented von flue choke. "Thunder" was choked unconscious and should not consider competing at light heavyweight after this fight.
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Fantasy AnalysisOkami will be returning to the UFC after being released in September 2013. "Thunder" will be replacing "Shogun" Rua, who suffered a knee injury. The Japan native has seen success with the World Series of Fighting (Professional Fighters League) and won four straight. Back in 2011, Okami took on Anderson Silva for the middleweight title and lost. This short-notice chance could be a stepping stone back into the UFC for the 36-year-old. He is 34-10 overall.
Fantasy AnalysisA long time middleweight, Okami will drop down to the 170-pound division for his fight against Fitch. In his last fight for the WSOF middleweight championship, Okami lost via fourth round TKO to David Branch. Okami is one of the better known names in the sport, but at 43-years old, his career is trending in the wrong direction.