Yushin Okami will step foot inside a MMA cage on Saturday for the first time since he was defeated by Ronaldo Souza back in September. This time it will be a change of venue for the UFC veteran as he will battle Svetlozar Savov inside the WSOF cage.
Even though Savov is an unknown entity, a victory over him will more than likely place Okami in position for a middleweight title shot at some point in the future. Savov may be a young prospect in the division and looks to be hungry for an upset, but it is doubtful the Bulgarian will pose much of a challenge for the seasoned Okami.
Savov has notched eight of his 12 victories by submission, and Okami has yet to be submitted. Considering the way Okami lost his last fight, he will most likely be looking to finish Savov in impressive fashion.
Okami has all the talent in the world and possesses the skills to be a staple in any fighting organization. Looking at the other fighters in the division, there isn’t much competition for Okami. The only fighters who possess experience near that of Okami are Jesse Taylor and Paulo Filho, neither which pose a real threat to “Thunder.”
Okami will most likely run the table in the WSOF middleweight division. The bigger question that should be asked is whether or not he pulls an Anthony Johnson, who re-signed with the UFC following a successful stint with the WSOF. Considering the king (Anderson Silva) has fallen from his throne, it wouldn’t be a big surprise for the UFC to give Okami one last chance when his contract is up.