The 31-year-old Yushin “Thunder” Okami is one of the best fighters in the middleweight division. In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he is one of the most respected fighters and has been competing there since 2006. Throughout his UFC career, he has won numerous big fights, but has lost several other major chances. What are his best wins and worst defeats?
- UFC 122: vs. Nate Marquardt
This was the second time in Okami’s UFC career that he took part in a UFC middleweight title eliminator fight. Unlike the first one where he lost, Okami got the win against Marquardt via unanimous decision to earn his shot at the title.
- UFC on Fuel TV: vs. Hector Lombard
The fighter with the greatest reputation to come from Bellator Fighting Championships was Lombard. Lombard was just 1-1 in his UFC career before taking on the talented Japanese fighter. It was a close fight that some thought Okami won and others thought Lombard did. The split decision ruling went in favor of Okami.
- UFC 134: vs. Anderson Silva for UFC Middleweight Championship
Many people know Okami has the last man to ever defeat Silva. That was in January 2006 and while it was because of disqualification, it was still a win for Thunder. When they rematched in 2011, it was Silva’s title and the result was certainly different. Silva played around with Okami and let him last until the second round before getting the TKO finish.
- UFC 72: vs. Rich Franklin
This was the first time Okami had a chance to compete in a UFC middleweight title eliminator fight. Fighting in front of a raucous crowd in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the former UFC middleweight champion Franklin earned his chance to fight for the title once again. Franklin got the unanimous decision win, putting the first loss on the UFC record for Okami in the process.