It did not take long for former UFC Middleweight contender Yushin Okami to find a home, as he has apparently signed a contract with the World Series of Fighting. Okami was not released by the UFC back in 2012 when he had a 2 fight losing streak. Since the he had put together a three fight winning streak before getting blitzed by Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in his last outing. Despite that loss, Okami remains a tough out at Middleweight for anyone in the world, and he will likely be the number one seed at Middleweight as the WSOF has promised to fill their titles in 2014.
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The World Series of Fighting 6 event is coming up on October 26th. That event will not feature Okami, as it is less than 2 weeks away, so look for Okami to debut in 2014.
The top rated fighter in the weight class for the WSOF is David Branch, who owns a 13-3 record and is 3-0 in three appearances for the WSOF. Branch has been around, going 2-0 in Bellator and going 2-2 in the UFC in less than a year back in late 2010. Ever since his UFC stint, Branch has a tendency to go long in his fights, and he has three decision wins in the WSOF with no stoppages. Branch is a solid, serviceable Middleweight who is just a notch below Okami in everything – overall experience, technique, size, athletic ability.
If the WSOF elects to put Okami in with David Branch, Okami will be favored in the fight and he will likely walk out after winning an ugly fight.
The WSOF has also recently signed Elvis Mutapcic, an Iowa based fighter with a 13-2 record who has most recently gone 3-0 in the MFC, currently the largest Canadian event running. Mutapcic however, really looks to have a low level of competition to get thrown in with Okami right away. Though he is serviceable and tough, Mtapcic is likely not ready for Okami.
The rest of the WSOF roster at Middleweight includes Paulo Filho, Danilo Villefort and up and coming British fighter Eugene Fadiora, not exactly big competition for Okami.
The best thing that can happen for the WSOF is for Okami’s first opponent to come in and take him out. This would help them build up there own talent. Other than that, it is unclear what direction the WSOF is going with this signing, and as they head into their 6 show, they are no longer upstarts, they need to show a direction, or this signing will be a waste of money.