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Yushin Okami

Yushin "Thunder" Okami

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  • Given Name: 岡見 勇信, Okami Yūshin
  • MMA Record: 34-11-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Thunder
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1981.07.21
  • Last Fight: September 22, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 203.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Wajutsu Keishukai Tokyo
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 75.0" (191cm)
  • 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 MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission
1:50 Round 1 of 5

Ht Ovince St. Preux
34-10-0 20-10-0

Jp UFC Fight Night 117: St. Preux vs. Okami
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 93 kg

2017.09.22
Odds: +370 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 203.5 lbs (92.3 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
#49 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2017
UFC Fight Night 117 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Andre Lobato
33-10-0 25-6-0

Us Professional Fighters League: Everett
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2017.07.29
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.2 lbs (77.2 kgs)
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Paul Bradley
32-10-0 23-6-0

Us WSOF 34: Gaethje vs. Firmino
Postlim | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.12.31
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Cancelled Bout Paul Bradley WSOF 34 2016.11.12
Reason: Event Cancelled
Win | Submission | Choke
2:06 Round 1 of 3

Jp Shingo Suzuki
31-10-0 13-9-3

Jp Pancrase 279
Main Card | Welterweight | 77 kg

2016.07.24
Weigh-In: 170.6 lbs (77.4 kgs) | Referee: Ryogaku Wada
Win | KO/TKO
4:23 Round 2 of 3, 9:23 Total

Jp Ryuta Sakurai
30-10-0 24-21-6

Jp DEEP 75 Impact: 15th Anniversary
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 77 kg

2016.02.27
Referee: 4:33
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jon Fitch
30-9-0 26-7-1

Us WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.10.17
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Ryan Ford WSOF 21 2015.06.05
Reason: Ford Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:39 Round 4 of 5, 18:39 Total

Us Dave Branch
30-8-0 14-3-0

Us WSOF 15: Branch vs. Okami
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2014.11.15
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs) | Referee: Andrew Glenn
Win | Submission | Choke
4:46 Round 2 of 3, 9:46 Total

Bg Svetoslav Savov
29-8-0 12-4-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:47 Round 1 of 3

Br Ronaldo Souza
29-7-0 18-3-0

Br 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Cu Hector Lombard
28-7-0 32-3-1

Jp 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 (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Alan Belcher
27-7-0 18-6-0

Us 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 (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:05 Round 2 of 3, 8:05 Total

Us Buddy Roberts
26-7-0 12-2-0

Us UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.08.11
Odds: -650 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
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

Us Tim Boetsch
26-6-0 14-4-0

Jp UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
#9 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
#17 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#9 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#17 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#42 Biggest Upset of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:04 Round 2 of 5, 7:04 Total

Br Anderson Silva
26-5-0 30-4-0

Br UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2011.08.27
Odds: +440 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nate Marquardt
25-5-0 30-9-2

De UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.11.13
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
Cancelled Bout Vitor Belfort UFC 122 2010.11.13
Reason: Switched By UFC
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Mark Muñoz
24-5-0 8-1-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:47 Round 2 of 3, 7:47 Total

Br Lucio Linhares
23-5-0 13-5-0

Us UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs Gomi
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.03.31
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Dale Frye
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Chael Sonnen
23-4-0 23-10-1

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | 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

Us Dean Lister
22-4-0 11-5-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
3:00 Round 2 of 3, 8:00 Total

Us Evan Tanner
21-4-0 32-6-0

Us 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 (83.7 kgs) | Referee: Mark Matheny
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Jason MacDonald
20-4-0 19-8-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Mark Matheny
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Rich Franklin
20-3-0 23-2-0

Gb UFC 72: Victory
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.06.16
Odds: +173 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Mike Swick
19-3-0 10-1-0

Us UFC 69: Shootout
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.04.07
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
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

Us Rory Singer
18-3-0 10-5-0

Us 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 (83.5 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:40 Round 3 of 3, 11:40 Total

Ca Kalib Starnes
17-3-0 7-0-1

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Alan Belcher
16-3-0 9-2-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jp Izuru Takeuchi

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2006.06.11
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:38 Round 1 of 3

Kr Ji Won Bang
14-3-0 0-0-0

Jp MARS - MARS World Grand Prix
Main Event | Middleweight | 82 kg

2006.05.13
Loss | Decision | Majority

Us Jake Shields

Us Rumble on the Rock

2006.04.21
Win | Disqualificaton
2:33 Round 1 of 3

Br Anderson Silva
13-2-0 16-3-0

Us Rumble on the Rock

2006.01.20
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
4:14 Round 1 of 2

Kr Myun Joo Lee
12-2-0 6-2-0

Kr K-1 HERO'S 2005 in Seoul
Main Card | Open Weight

2005.11.05
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Damien Riccio

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2005.09.17
Win | Submission | Injury

Us Nick Thompson

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2005.06.11
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Brian Foster

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2005.03.12
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Eiji Ishikawa

Jp Pancrase

2004.10.12
Loss | Decision | Split

Us Falaniko Vitale

Us Icon Sport

2004.06.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Ryuta Sakurai
7-1-0 9-7-4

Jp Pride Bushido 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2004.02.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jp Kosei Kubota

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2004.01.18
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Am Amar Suloev

Ru M-1 Global

2003.10.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jp Kazuhiro Hanada

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2003.07.21
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Hidehiko Hasegawa

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2003.05.01
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Hikaru Sato

Jp Pancrase

2003.01.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Sen Nakadai

Jp Pancrase

2002.11.30
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Steve White
1-0-0 1-2-0

Jp Pride The Best Volume 3

2002.10.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Kyosuke Sasaki

Jp Greatest Common Multiple

2002.09.08

Yushin Okami Wiki Update Wiki

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.

Okami is set to face World Series of Fighting Middleweight Champion David Branch on WSOF 15 on November 15th at the Sun Dome in Tampa. 

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