Former UFC middleweight top contender Yushin Okami (pictured) kicks off his post-UFC career against Svetlozar Savov at World Series of Fighting 9.
The March 29 event takes place inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Okami was cut from the UFC in September after getting trounced by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. “Thunder” was the promotion’s sixth ranked middleweight at the time of his release.
Okami has won six of his past nine scraps, with his blemishes during that run coming against then-champ Anderson Silva, Tim Boetsch (a bout Okami had well under control until Boetsch staged a late rally) and Souza.
Little known Savov will also be making his WSOF debut. The 25-year-old is victorious in three of his past four fights in even lesser known MMA organizations.
The 185-pound affair takes third-to-top billing in the cards’ lineup.
NBC Sports Network broadcasts the main card live starting at 9:30PM ET/6:30PM PT.
Here is the show’s official agenda:
Gil Guardado vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
Jimmy Jones vs. Rudy Morales
Brenson Hansen vs. Boostayre Nefarios
Phil Dace vs. Danny Davis
Sean Cantor vs. Bryson Hansen
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. John Gunderson
Mike Corey vs. Shane Kruchten
(NBC Sports Network 9:30PM ET/6:30PM PT)
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez
Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson
Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse (for inaugural WSOF featherweight title)
Rousimar Palhares vs. Steve Carl (WSOF welterweight champion)