Yushin Okami
Headed for ONE Championship
February 20, 2019
Okami has agreed to a deal with ONE Fighting Championship, MMAFightin
Okami ended his latest run in the UFC with a 1-2 mark in three fights, and at 37 years old, it still doesn't appear he's ready to hang up the gloves. He'll now head to the Asian-based ONE Fighting Championship, which has recently made waves in the MMA world by signing former UFC Champion Eddie Alvarez and trading for another former champion in Demetrious Johnson. While Okami isn't quite on that level, the former UFC middleweight king -- who currently sits as the No. 61 welterweight according to FightMatrix -- will look to add another belt to his collection.
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Looks dreadful in loss Saturday
December 1, 2018
Okami lost to Alexey Kunchenko via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
Okami's performance was legitimately one of the worst you will ever see inside the octagon. He landed just 10 total strikes over the course of the 15-minute bout and he failed on all 15 of his takedown attempts. They are both truly mind-numbing numbers, but not all that surprising for a 37-year-old fighter who hasn't been effective for years. Okami returned to the UFC last September as a late notice replacement for a fight against Ovince Saint Preux. He lost that one and then somehow took a decision from Dhiego Lima in June. This effort was so terrible that the UFC would be well within their rights to cut bait with "Thunder".
Books match with Alexey Kunchenko at UFC Adelaide
October 17, 2018
The UFC announced Wednesday that Okami (35-11-0) will fight Alexey Kunchenko (19-0-0) at UFC Adelaide on Dec. 1, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
A former middleweight title contender earlier in the decade, the 37-year-old Okami left the UFC in 2013 before returning to the promotion last September. He lost a light heavyweight bout against Ovince Saint Preux after being added to the card on short notice, but bounced back in his second UFC match in April with a victory over Dhiego Lima via decision. Okami will get a more difficult test in Kunchenko, who knocked out 13 of his first 18 opponents before defeating Thiago Alves via decision in his UFC debut in September.
Easily earns 35th win of pro career
April 14, 2018
Okami defeated Dhiego Lima via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC on FOX 29 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
A win over Lima means absolutely nothing, but it is the 35th of Okami's career and his first in the UFC since March 2013. Knowing that Lima was totally incapable of defending a takedown, Okami scored on five of his 10 attempts. He racked up an insane 12:35 worth of control time in a fight that lasted 15 minutes. This will almost certainly go down as the high-water mark of Okami's return to the company. The good times are going to end for the 36-year-old if the UFC foolishly books him against an opponent with any true ability.
Booked against Dhiego Lima
February 6, 2018
Okami will face Dhiego Lima in a welterweight bout at UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale, Arizona on April 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
Okami is looking to bounce back from a first-round loss to Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night in Japan back in September, which marked his first fight under the UFC banner since being released from the promotion in 2013. The 36-year-old, who is 34-11 in professional fights, will face a fighter in Lima (12-6) who is in the midst of a two-fight losing streak and looking for his first win in his second stint in the UFC.
Submitted in Round 1
September 22, 2017
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.