UFC 134: How Yushin Okami can defeat Anderson SilvaPosted on August 22, 2011, 10:47 PM by Trent Reinsmith
It seems like every story about the upcoming Anderson Silva versus Yushin Okami Middleweight title bout starts with the same focus, Okami being the last fighter to score a victory over Silva. While some would consider the introduction to be lazy writing, it’s not, it’s a way to focus on how impressive a feat Silva’s 14 fight winning streak is and if not for the illegal upkick that cost him the first Okami fight, his streak could possibly be at 17 consecutive victories.
The oddsmakers are not giving Okami much of a chance at UFC 134, listing Silva at -525 and Okami at +375. Translated to a percentage, those numbers put Silva as an 84 percent favorite, which judging from MMA fan commentary may actually be on low side of things. The odds are not a reflection on Okami as much as they are a statement on how dominant a fighter Silva is.
While many view Okami as a fighter with little chance to defeat Silva, the man that Dana White recently called, “The best fighter ever to come out of Japan,” does stand a chance if he follows the lead of his current training partner and the man that was within 110 seconds of taking Silva’s title at UFC 126, Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen came out at UFC 117 and took the fight to Silva, something that many opponents of Silva have failed to. Sonnen showed zero fear, using his wrestling to dominate Silva for most of the five round battle. The end came for Sonnen when Silva capitalized on an opening that was given to him, grabbing the submission win.
Okami is a better wrestler than Silva and has strong ground and pound. He also has never been submitted in 31 professional fights. If Okami can secure takedowns and stay in top position he may, however unlikely it seems, earn a decision victory, especially when one considers MMA judges propensity for scoring in favor of fighters that hold top position.
Further Reading: UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami In-Depth Preview