Yushin Okami: I will use my own skills to defeat Anderson Silva

Yushin Okami: I will use my own skills to defeat Anderson Silva


“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

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeySantosus Joey Santosus

    I certainly wouldn’t count the guy out… I don’t know why so many are ready to do so? He’s durable, has great wrestling, strong sub defense, etc. He has as good of a chance as any imo.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

    I think he will be a tougher opponent than given credit for too. I still think the spider edges in most ways but he is human and even the greatest fighters have losses. I don’t think anybody right now can beat Silva twice but I would think someone will beat him once.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/moots moots

    The reason people don’t give this guy much of a chance is because 1: he is not Chael Sonnen 2: Most of his fights go to decision, so the likelihood that Anderson Silva won’t find a way to finish him after 25 minutes is unlikely 3: he hasn’t shown to have any unique skills/qualities. I’m not saying he can’t find a way to win, but when someone looks as amazing as Anderson Silva it is easy to see why a (in my opinion) mid-tier fighter like Yushin isn’t expected to stand much chance. My guess is 85-15 for Silva.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/postmortem postmortem

    i personaly think okami has a better chance than many of silvas previous opponents i wouuldnt bet any money on it but stylisticly he is a stronger match than belfort griffin maia leties irvin lutter and rich franklin.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Fullcustom Fullcustom

    I like Silva and all, but If Okami wins this fight, the back peddling will be viewable from space. Don’t count him out just yet. Silva showed his weakness with take down defense when facing a talented wrestler. Okami’s record is almost identical to Silva’s for one. They’re also the same height. Most of the time Silvas got the height advantage, but not this time. Silvas got the reach advantage, as usual, but against a wrestler of Okami’s caliber it may not help him as much as in previous fights. One thing you can bet on is this is going to be an extremely technical fight that will probably start off slowly and most likely go to the judges.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Rigo Rigo

    i just can’t imagine Okami beating the spider
    there is no place where he has the edge, only at wrestling but to take him down he has to come close and that’s no easy task before eating some knees and punches.
    i have not been impress with any of Okami’s recent fights to make me believe his a real threat to Silva.

    i fear for a lackbuster fight from Silva as he usually do when fighters don’t go after him , but since its Brazil i might be wrong and could be a short night for Okami.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/en09si en09si

    He’s not? Shit and here’s me thinking Chael got a makeover

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/dattebayou dattebayou

    Oh man i hope not. :)

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MAMBA24ILL MAMBA24ILL

    Can’t wait to see Chael’s face once Silva smashes Okami.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KeithFarrell KeithFarrell

    Yushin is makign a mistak if he is not going to use Sonnen’s blueprint of how to defeat Silva, the only way aswell might I add. His skills are fitted for that kind of fight and actually give him a chance, but apart from that there is almost no chance of him winning.
    Silva by tko. 4th.