WSOF 'in talks' with former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

yushin-okami-15.jpgWorld Series of Fighting could soon add a top 10 middleweight to its roster.

A day after the UFC released former UFC title challenger and perennial contender Yushin Okami (29-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC), WSOF President Ray Sefo today expressed his interest in the fighter’s services.

“We’re in talks with his team,” Sefo today tweeted.

Mere hours after MMAjunkie.com first reported Okami’s release, WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz also reached out to Okami via Twitter and stated: “You have a home at [WSOF].”

Currently, the WSOF middleweight roster has some notable names, including David Branch, Elvis Mutapcic, Jesse Taylor and Danillo Villefort. The organization’s events air on NBC Sports Network and could soon head overseas, the organization recently announced.

While Okami’s wrestling-heavy style isn’t the fan-friendliest, there’s no denying his accomplishments. The 32-year-old Japanese vet is 3-1 in his past four fights and currently ranks No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA middleweight rankings. Although he suffered a TKO loss in his most recent bout, Okami owns wins over the likes of Hector Lombard, Alan Belcher, Nate Marquardt and Mark Munoz in recent years. Overall, he won 13 of his 18 fights during a seven-year run in the UFC, which included a failed shot at Anderson Silva’s title in 2011.

Still, it wasn’t enough for the UFC to retain his services, though UFC President Dana White hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Okami fighting his way back in the organization.

For now, though, the UFC’s loss could soon become WSOF’s gain.

For more on WSOF’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 6 hours ago
  • 1 views

David Branch will defend his newly acquired World Series of Fighting middleweight title against Yushin Okami at WSOF 15. more

  • 24 days ago
  • 25 views

A shot at the World Series of Fighting lightweight championship is on the line in Gesias Cavalcante vs. Melvin Guillard, but the Brazilian is not thinking about it heading into his WSOF 11 fight with the UFC veteran. Cavalcante, a two-time K-1 Hero’s tournament winner, won’t let a possible shot at the gold change his focus at Saturday’s WSOF card in Daytona Beach, Florida. "My motivation is the fight, not a title shot," Cavalcante told MMAFighting.com. "I see every fight as a title for me now. I more

  • 24 days ago
  • 24 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) makes its NBC Network debut with a few afternoon beatdowns, including a lightweight title fight at WSOF 11: "Gaethje vs. Newell," which goes down TODAY (Sat., July 5, 2014) live from inside Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Get complete, official results, LIVE updates and real-time coverage RIGHT HERE. World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns with its most important show yet, including the promotion's biggest title fight to date at WSOF 11: "Gaethje vs. Newel more

  • 26 days ago
  • 71 views

Watch the World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell weigh-ins streaming live on MMAWeekly.com, Friday, July 4, at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT. more

  • 26 days ago
  • 23 views

Watch the World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell fights streaming live on MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, July 5, beginning with the prelims at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT and the main card at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT from Daytona Beach, Fla. more

  • 26 days ago
  • 132 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns this weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) with WSOF 11: “Gaethje vs. Newell,” which goes down from inside Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The main card features a mouthwatering lightweight championship bout, as well as a few former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants searching for glory. Check out our main card preview and predictions below. You thought Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was the only promotion busy on America's biggest weeken more

  • 25 days ago
  • 23 views

World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje stepped off the scales weighing in at 154.8 pounds, looking rested and relaxed a day before he's set to face fellow undefeated fighter Nick Newell at World Series of Fighting 11: "Gaethje vs. Newell". more

  • 24 days ago
  • 24 views

World Series of Fighting president and founder, Ray Sefo discusses how the organization was born, deal with NBC, co-promotion and future. Tonight, NBC will be host to its very first primetime television MMA card. The World Series of Fighting has come a long way in just a little over two years, and are realizing their vision for a bright future with their 11th card. The Independence Day weekend has historically been a big one in general for MMA, and this one promises to keep in that tradition. If more

  • 24 days ago
  • 60 views

World Series of Fighting has their network debut on NBC with a card that features a title fight for its lightweight title. Champion Justin Gaethje puts his title for grabs against Nick Newell while UFC castoff Melvin Guillard make his organizational debut against Gesias Cavalcante. UFC veterans Jon Fitch and Dennis Hallman also do battle in a catchweight fight. Will Newell make history or is Gaethje's roll through the division set to continue? I answer these questions and more with my prediction more