Yushin Okami Signs With The World Series Of Fighting

Yushin Okami Signs With The World Series Of Fighting


Former UFC middleweight Yushin Okami has found a new home in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

As confirmed today, to Ariel Helwani and by the promotion’s president Ray Sefo, the 13 & 5 UFC veteran has been signed to a multi-fight deal with the upstart MMA brand and now joins former UFC vets Josh Burkman, Jon Fitch and Anthony Johnson, as being marquee fighters endorsed to the WSOF banner.

“Thunder” was cut by the senior circuit two weeks ago after sustaining a devastating TKO loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at Ultimate Fight Night 28, this past September 4th.  Post cut, of the two most important remaining (significant) North American MMA promotions left, Bellator MMA & the WSOF, only the latter showed any interest in the fighter.

For their part, Bellator MMA and their President Bjorn Rebney appeared to be on the fence about signing Okami. However, in review of the circumstances, as Bellator is a tournament based promotion and already in the midst of their season, Bellator had / would have had no call to sign Yushin.

As it stands, Okami is set to make his debut sometime in and around March of next year, with neither an opponent, nor specific date being selected or set.

In all, this marks a good month for the WSOF. Not only have they signed another marquee UFC fighter and one of substantial quality, but they also purchased the Aggression Fighting Championship (AFG) promotion, based in Canada.

With the purchase, the WSOF is looking to expand north of the border and to grow their brand, with their first export taking place this December 7th, at Vancouver’s PNE Agrodome. The main event will feature heavy-handed light-heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs. Mike “Mak” Kyle.

Congratulations to Yushin. The WSOF is a solid promotion and a growing concern. He should do well over there, and with a few “exciting” wins he could easily find himself back in the UFC’s Octagon.

Congratulations to the WSOF, too. They got a great fighter and probably at a good price.  

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

    Great addition to the already pretty legit roster of WSOF, I like the move. I honestly think WSOF will soon be the 2nd biggest promotion out there

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

      More the reason to have more organizations for sure man.

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

    Do they still run mixed card events at WSOF with straight kickboxing matches as well as MMA?

    Okami is a great fighter and poses a threat to most of the top 10 but his style isn't recongised as dynamic enough to entertain as with Fitch… Makes me wonder is UFC kept him around more for his 'pull' in Japan. He featured on both Japan cards in 2012 and 2013 and added draw to the card as with Brits in England, Australians in Oz and all the other countries producing fewer high level fighters (than US and Brazil).

    UFC put on shows all over the world… the worry for Okami is that unless he draws the crowds in the US he will struggle to make big money again cos the other promotions dont travel so far yet.

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

      I dont know if they are two separate events or not man.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Nim, you're probably right about the UFC's marketing of Okami in Japan and he's just not giving the return for investment; at least not as they see it.

      I think the WSOF is a good place for Okami, right now. If for nothing else, than to cool his jets while waiting on Bellator's next middleweight tournament.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      PS, to your first question, no. The WSOF is only doing MMA events. I think the kickboxing stuff is being locked up by GLORY World Series.

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

    Thanks Brian, Good Info