Won't be Miller Time for Okami

Written by Tom Ngo
April 30th, 2009


Due to a torn ligament in his knee, middleweight Yushin Okami will be forced to pull out of his UFC 98 scrap against Dan Miller. The show must go on however, and the organization has inserted Ed Herman to take Okami’s spot.

Okami has won nine of his last 10 bouts, however this is the second time the Japanese star’s career has been set back due to injury. He previously broke his hand as he was preparing for a title bout against champ Anderson Silva at UFC 90.

Patrick Cote subbed in, and at that point, took Silva the furthest that any other fighter had inside an Octagon. Cote ended up blowing out his knee in the 3rdRound, bringing the fight to its conclusion.

Miller is an IFL fallout that has walked through his first three UFC opponents. Shortly after signing with the UFC last year, Miller submitted Rob Kimmons at UFC Fight Night 15 in the 1stRound of their battle. He then went on to post a unanimous decision win over Matt Horwich at UFC 90, followed by a submission victory over Jake Rosholt at UFC Fight Night 17.

Herman is coming off of an impressive win over MMA veteran David Loiseau a couple weeks back at UFC 97. Prior to that tilt, he dropped his previous two, however re-earned his stripes by dominating Loiseau in his own backyard.

Sources close to the UFC have already confirmed the bout, however an official announcement will be made within the coming days.

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