Yushin Okami is Forgotten Man

Written by Tom Ngo
August 29th, 2009

Okami is Forgotten Man Yushin Okami holds an impressive 8-1 record inside the Octagon, however he appears to be further away from a title shot than when he first entered the UFC three years ago.

It appears as though the talented Japanese fighter will once again have to bide his time until UFC brass gives him an opportunity to challenge for a strap, and they ain’t banging down his door anytime soon.

Although rankings are very subjective in the sport of MMA due to the usage of MMAth, Okami is ranked #2 in Sherdog’s, MMAWeekly’s and 5thRound.com’s middleweight rankings.

How often is it that a #2 ranked fighter in his division doesn’t even make it onto the televised portion of a pay-per-view card?

Here’s the rest of the #2 ranked fighters in several different weight classes:

Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar
Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans
Welterweight: Jon Fitch
Lightweight: Shinya Aoki
Rankings are based off of 5thRound.com’s MMA Rankings

You mean to tell me that if the UFC had Brock Lesnar, Rashad Evans, Jon Fitch or Dream’s Shinya Aoki on a card that none of them would make it onto the televised portion of a pay-per-view card? I’d argue that 3 out of the 4 from the list above could even be the headliner on most cards with Fitch already having a headlining bout in a loss against Georges St-Pierre.

Unfortunately, Okami finds himself on the outside looking in with four of his Octagon wins coming via unanimous decision, not the fashion of victory the UFC tends to reward.

It’s not like Okami is even fighting a guy who shouldn’t be on the main card either. Chael Sonnen handed highly-regarded Paulo Filho his first loss in the final middleweight fight hosted by the WEC.

By the looks of it, Okami won’t be able to fight Anderson Silva for the middleweight title before Silva’s UFC contract ends, which would be unfortunate not only for both fighters but for MMA fans as well. Okami holds a victory over Silva but it was via disqualification, which for all intents and purposes doesn’t really count.

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