“I was expecting that Chael will be able to take Silva down, but never thought he will overwhelm by using his mixed technique of boxing and wrestling. That looked really effective and it is great reference, but I’m not Chael so I should use my own skill and technique… It’s very hard to expect what will happen this time, but I’m sure that both of us are improving in various point. Anderson always fight aggressively so I promise that this fight will be exciting. – For complete interview with Yushin Okami, visit Tatame.com
Sonnen’s ability to smother Anderson Silva back at UFC 117 came as a surprise to most. Employing a wrestling-heavy strategy, the Team Quest fighter executed takedowns at will, allowing him to punish the Brazilian from top position for much of their five-round affair. Though Sonnen was eventually caught in a hailmary triangle-choke and forced to tap, it appeared that the blueprint necessary to defeat the once seemingly invincible Champion had been laid. And while many would expect Yushin Okami to employ the same strategy put forth by Sonnen in his oh-so-close submission loss, the Japanese contender appears to have other plans.
Okami will head into their August 27th title clash as the last fighter to claim a victory over “The Spider,” whom he defeated via disqualification in their 2007 Rumble on the Rock bout. Now more than four years later, Okami is presented with the opportunity to solidify the “W” and become the first Japanese UFC Champion in the promotion’s history. With so much on the line, do you really believe “Thunder” will veer off course or will he follow the route mapped out by his training partner?
Further Reading: UFC 134: How Yushin Okami can defeat Anderson Silva
Photo: UFC fighter Yushin Okami at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker