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"Thunder"

30-8-0

Yushin Okami

Yushin "Thunder" Okami

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  • Given Name: 岡見 勇信, Okami Yūshin
  • Professional MMA Record: 30-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Thunder
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1981.07.21
  • Last Fight: March 29, 2014 in WSOF
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Wajutsu Keishukai Tokyo
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $308,000 USD
  • Born: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Kanagawa, Japan
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Yushin Okami began fighting professionally in 2002 and ran his record to 16-3 prior to his UFC debut in 2006. After joining the U.S.-based promotion, Okami won four straight fights, including bouts with Alan Belcher and Mike Swick, before losing his first UFC fight to former Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin. Since the loss to Franklin, Okami has returned to his previous form, defeating the likes of Jason MacDonald, Evan Tanner, and Dean Lister and—excluding a loss to Chael Sonnen—reestablishing himself as a contender in the middleweight division.


What makes Okami unique among Japanese mixed martial arts fighters is his wrestling-based fighting style. He utilizes his vaunted physical strength and grappling ability to control opponents on the ground and inflict damage with ground and pound attacks. Okami at one point had become known for dragging fights to decisions, but his impressive knockout of Evan Tanner via a knee strike helped silence that criticism.


Okami has fought a who's who list of opponents. His most notable win came against Anderson Silva at Rumble on the Rock in 2006. This win came by disqualification due to illegal upkick from Silva. Silva later avenged this loss by dispatching Okami in a UFC title fight in 2011. He primarily trains in Japan but has spent time training at Team Quest in Portland, Oregon. After his loss to Chael Sonnen, he asked if he could train with him. Since then, he has trained periodically there including leading up to his his latest bout with Anderson Silva.


Since his most recent title shot, Okami has had mixed results. He was knocked out in an upset by Tim Boetsch after having dominated the first two rounds of the fight. He would get back to his winning ways with a knockout over Buddy Roberts and a grueling decision victory over Alan Belcher at UFC 155 to push him closer to contender status. Okami's would then square off against Hector Lombard at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in Saitama, Japan a fight that he would control and win a Split Decision victory. Following the win over Lombard, Okami suffered a devastating first-round knockout loss to Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in Brazil. 


Following the loss to "Jacare" and after a seven-year career with the world's top MMA promotion, Okami was released by the UFC. Just two years earlier, UFC President Dana White had declared Okami "the best fighter to ever come out of Japan."


Following the release Okami would sign on with the World Series of Fighting and would make a successful debut at WSOF 9. He would dominate the first and finish Svetoslav Savov in the second round with an arm triangle choke.

Last updated 04.14.2014, 4:28 PM ET
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Yushin Okami Middleweight Ranking History

Yushin Okami MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout Dave Branch
WSOF 15
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185
2014.10.24
Win | Submission | Choke
4:46 Round 2 of 3, 9:46 Total
Svetoslav Savov
Ref: Yves Lavigne
WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2014.03.29
Odds: -750 Huge Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:47 Round 1 of 3
Ronaldo Souza
Ref: Leon Roberts
UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2013.09.04
Odds: +195 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#48 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Hector Lombard
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg
2013.03.02
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Alan Belcher
Ref: Chris Tognoni
UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2012.12.29
Odds: -110 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $84,000 ($42K Base, $42K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:05 Round 2 of 3, 8:05 Total
Buddy Roberts
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2012.08.11
Odds: -650 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Rousimar Palhares UFC 150 2012.08.11
Reason: Palhares Knee Injury
Cancelled Bout Luiz Cané UFC 150 2012.08.11
Reason: Cane Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:54 Round 3 of 3, 10:54 Total
Tim Boetsch
Ref: Leon Roberts
UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg
2012.02.25
Odds: -450 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#40 Biggest Upset of All Time
#17 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#9 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#8 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:04 Round 2 of 5, 7:04 Total
Anderson Silva
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185
2011.08.27
Odds: +440 Heavy Underdog | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Nate Marquardt
Ref: Leon Roberts
UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.11.13
Odds: +175 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Vitor Belfort UFC 122 2010.11.13
Reason: Switched By UFC
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Mark Munoz
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC on Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.08.01
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $46,000 ($23K Base, $23K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:47 Round 2 of 3, 7:47 Total
Lucio Linhares
Ref: Dale Frye
UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs Gomi
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.03.31
Odds: -600 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Chael Sonnen
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2009.10.24
Odds: -276 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Walkout Music: T. Rex - 20th Century Boy
Cancelled Bout Dan Miller UFC 98 2009.05.23
Reason: Okami Torn Ligament
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Dean Lister
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2008.12.27
Odds: -381 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $32,000 ($16K Base, $16K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
3:00 Round 2 of 3, 8:00 Total
Evan Tanner
Ref: Mark Matheny
UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2008.03.01
Odds: -208 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $28,000 ($14K Base, $14K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Jason MacDonald
Ref: Mark Matheny
UFC 77: Hostile Territory
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2007.10.20
Odds: -264 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Rich Franklin
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 72: Victory
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2007.06.16
Odds: +173 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Mike Swick
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 69: Shootout
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2007.04.07
Odds: +105 Near Even | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout David Terrell UFC 66 2006.12.30
Reason: Terrell Elbow Injury
Win | Submission | Punches
4:03 Round 3 of 3, 14:03 Total
Rory Singer
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.12.30
Odds: -421 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:40 Round 3 of 3, 11:40 Total
Kalib Starnes
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 64: Unstoppable
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.10.14
Odds: -115 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $12,000 ($6K Base, $6K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Alan Belcher
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 62: Liddell vs Sobral
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.08.26
Odds: -185 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Izuru Takeuchi Valkyrie 2006.06.11
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Ji Won Bang MARS 2006.05.13
Loss | Decision | Majority Jake Shields Rumble on the Rock 2006.04.21
Win | Disqualificaton
2:33 Round 1 of 3
Anderson Silva
Rumble on the Rock 8 2006.01.20
Win | KO/TKO | Retired Myun Joo Lee K-1 2005.11.05
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Damien Riccio Valkyrie 2005.09.17
Win | Submission | Injury Nick Thompson Valkyrie 2005.06.11
Win | Submission | Choke Brian Foster Valkyrie 2005.03.12
Win | Decision | Unanimous Eiji Ishikawa Pancrase 2004.10.12
Loss | Decision | Split Falaniko Vitale Icon Sport 2004.06.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Ryuta Sakurai
Pride Bushido 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg
2004.02.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Kosei Kubota Valkyrie 2004.01.18
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches Amar Suloev M-1 Global 2003.10.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Kazuhiro Hanada Valkyrie 2003.07.21
Win | Decision | Unanimous Hidehiko Hasegawa Valkyrie 2003.05.01
Win | Decision | Unanimous Hikaru Sato Pancrase 2003.01.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous Sen Nakadai Pancrase 2002.11.30
Win | Submission | Punches Steve White
Pride The Best Volume 3
2002.10.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous Kyosuke Sasaki Valkyrie 2002.09.08

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