UFC Releases Ranked Middleweight Yushin Okami

The Ultimate Fighting Championship currently has Yushin Okami ranked at number six on their middleweight ranks but that hasn’t helped him keep his job as he was released by the company this week.

Okami joined the UFC in 2006 and holds a respectable 13-5 record. On his Twitter account, UFC President Dana White stated that Okami could see an opportunity to return in the future with a few wins but explained in depth to Kevin Iole at Yahoo! Sports why Okami had to go:

“He’s been with us forever,” said White. “He was always a tough guy and was right up there, but it’s almost like he’d become a gatekeeper. I like Okami, and you’ve heard me say this many times, that a win over Yushin Okami meant something.

“But he was never able to get over the hump and win one of those [significant] fights. We have a lot of guys coming in and I’ve been saying this all year: We have a full roster and there are guys who deserve opportunities. When you bring guys in, someone has to go. That’s why these fights are so meaningful.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525288206 Craig Jones

    He should dominate anywere else

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1646635022 Cody Booth

    Nitro Mma? Haha might get more Japanese interested in the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508571635 Jarrod Yeo

    You can’t release a ranked fighter, regardless of style. What a joke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713853693 Hayden Carter

    Yeah his last fight was dismal. Along with a few of his recent performances. Doesn’t really look like he wants to be in there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000029449335 Brett Meadows

    He wasn’t released because of his style. Read the article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1529820861 Randy Moore


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000386944828 Levi Arnold

    Bellator will snatch him up quick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714426712 Danny Lindsey

    they should release pat berry and hardy. those guys are a joke. they would never be champs in the shittiest promotion.