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    Yushin Okami Eyes Marquardt as Part of the Road to Silva Rematch
    11/06/2010 12:55 PM ET By Mike Chiappetta

    Mike Chiappetta
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    Yushin Okami is the last man to beat current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, so it would seem like a title bout pitting the two with Silva having a shot at revenge would seem a natural fit. Yet despite a strong run in the UFC, Okami has never been able to work his way into a position to challenge the champ.

    Okami has essentially had two golden opportunities to get there in his UFC tenure. In the first, he lost to Rich Franklin at UFC 72. In the second, he dropped a decision to Chael Sonnen at UFC 104. The winners of both of those fights were propelled into a title match with Silva.

    Now, Okami wants his turn.

    "I'd like to fight against Anderson Silva," he admitted through his interpreter during a recent UFC 122 conference conference call.

    He will add a strong point to his case if he can defeat Nate Marquardt on Nov. 13 in Oberhausen, Germany.

    Okami has called the UFC home for four years, and boasts an impressive 9-2 record in the UFC's octagon (he's 25-5 all time). Yet he just hasn't gotten over the hump to fight for a championship. And while a small contingent of vocal fans believe he already should've had the chance to face Silva, he disagrees that he's been intentionally skipped over.

    "I have lost some very important fights so I never thought I was bypassed," he said.

    Yet at the same time, Okami has to know he could be running out of opportunities. Though he's just 29 and likely still has several good years ahead, another loss to a top-level contender with a potential title shot on the line, and many will start to wonder if he just can't win the big one.

    "It's going to be a big challenge because Nate Marquardt is a very well-rounded fighter, and he has no weakness," he said. "He has very good finishing power so I should be very careful about that."

    One criticism of Okami has been a belief that he lacks finishing instinct and aggression. In his last eight fights, he's been to a decision six times. And in all his time in the UFC, he's never won a nightly award for the best fight, knockout or submission.

    Still, there's little argument with the strong record of success, and there's no question he's faced many excellent fighters along the way, including wins over Alan Belcher, Mike Swick, the late Evan Tanner and Mark Munoz. His somewhat-forgotten win over Silva came in January 2006, and came via disqualification after Silva illegally kicked a downed Okami.

    "I would like to finish with a KO or submission," he said. "I've been training for finishing Nate Marquardt in three rounds so I have no pressure of decision or anything like that."

    It's a real concern for fighters in the UFC to not just win, but win impressively. Some have had seemingly promised title shots taken away after not performing to an expected level. Okami says there won't be a thought of that in his mind. He'll be focused on his opponent, the moment and what he's fighting for.

    "I do not have that kind of pressure," he said. "I'm prepared for the fight and I know that when I do what I have to do, it's going be a very exciting fight."

    "Anderson Silva is one of my goals so this is a very important step for me."
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    lol looks like cookie cutter interviews as yushin and nate pretty much say the same things about the title shots and each other
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    how did Okami beat Silva the first time?? I've never looked it up or attempted to. I know someone on here could enlighten me
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetallicKnight3X View Post
    how did Okami beat Silva the first time?? I've never looked it up or attempted to. I know someone on here could enlighten me
    Yushin won by DQ (Illegal Kick).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetallicKnight3X View Post
    how did Okami beat Silva the first time?? I've never looked it up or attempted to. I know someone on here could enlighten me
    Similar to Hammil vs. Jones. He didn't "beat" him. Won by DQ. You can find that fight on youtube.

    I'd think if Yushin beats Nate, he might as well get a shot. I mean, who else really should get one in that division at this point? IMO, Vitor is the last hope, I don't see anyone beating Anderson in that division anytime soon.
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    well whoever wins this fight is definately going to be a legitimate challenge to Silva lets face it Maia and Leites didn't really pose much of a threat to Anderson
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    really, the only way i see okami winning this is in the clinch; like he said, he has to stop him. nate is too well rounded and simply better than okami in all other aspects imo including the clinch, but that's probably okami's best chance.

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    I see it as the opposite. Okami stays on the outside with his standup and GNP when he can safely takedown - using those sexy jabs while clinching or shooting when the opportunity presents itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetallicKnight3X View Post
    how did Okami beat Silva the first time?? I've never looked it up or attempted to. I know someone on here could enlighten me
    Okami was in silvas guard and silva kicked him in the face, he was unable to continue so he won VIA DQ(illegal kick to a downed opponent)

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