Former UFC middleweight fighter and former title contender Yushin Okami has signed with World Series Of Fighting (WSOF). The UFC released Okami approximately two weeks ago. The release came following a first-round knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza.
Though many believe the release from the UFC was premature in nature, Okami was on a three-fight win streak prior to the loss to Souza, and a change in scenery could benefit Okami in the long run. It will definitely benefit WSOF.
Okami, who was 13-5 in the UFC prior to his release, will be a great addition to the middleweight roster. He will undoubtedly be the most decorated and accomplished fighter in a WSOF division that contains the likes of Jesse Taylor, David Branch, Neiman Gracie and many others. One could only imagine nothing but success for Okami once he steps foot inside the WSOF cage sometime early in 2014.
For the WSOF, they now add another well-known fighter to their organization. Now they have Anthony Johnson, Jon Fitch, Andrei Arlovski and Okami. Though Fitch has a decent record on his side, Okami now becomes the most accomplished fighter inside the WSOF. Then there are the rising stars of the organization such as Marlon Moraes, Josh Burkman and Nick Newell.
Okami seems poised to do great things inside the promotion. Despite losses to Souza, Tim Boetsch, Anderson Siva and Chael Sonnen, Okami has beaten the likes of Mark Munoz, Nate Marquardt, Alan Belcher, Dean Lister and Evan Tanner. He also brings pressure to the WSOF cage that fighters in that division have never seen.
There is no doubt Ray Sefo will use Okami’s stardom to his advantage and have him headline an event soon. It will probably only take Okami a couple of wins to find himself competing for the middleweight strap.