Okami vs. Silva from ROTR 2006

Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami at Rumble on the Rock in 2006

At UFC 134: Rio, Yushin Okami isn’t going to look at the past and let it weigh on how he performs against Anderson Silva in Brazil.

The Japanese fighter has moved on from the disqualification win he collected from Silva at Rumble on the Rock in 2006, recognizing Silva’s illegal up-kick as an accident and nothing more. The focus now remains on his next fight, which is another clash with “The Spider,” only this time Silva holds the UFC middleweight title.

“I thought that was just an accident,” Okami said on Tuesday through an interpreter. “But this is (an) old story. So I’m not… talking about that much. So I’m focusing on my next fight.”

There seems to be more at stake this time around – obviously, since there’s a title involved. But some wonder if Okami truly deserves to be the No. 1 contender to Silva’s crown. Any doubt of that is quickly addressed by UFC president Dana White.

The brash executive holds Okami in the highest of regards. So high is White’s opinion of the fighter, he believes Okami is the greatest MMA talent ever to come out of Japan, citing that the level of talent the fighter has faced has been only the best for years.

“In my opinion, Yushin Okami is the best fighter to ever come out of Japan,” White said on Tuesday. “This guy didn’t come up fighting cans and get this built up mythological record. This guy has been fighting the absolute best for years and I’m sure he feels… (he) hasn’t got the credit he deserves.”

Whatever accidents happened between Silva and Okami in their first meeting will be dwarfed by the impact a win for the Japanese fighter will bring on the mixed martial arts universe. After all, Silva is the top pound-for-pound fighter on nearly everybody’s list, including White’s.

If Okami can handle business in Rio de Janeiro, he’ll get the respect of the entire MMA community. A win over the best grants one that privilege.

“Now, he’s going in against the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, probably the best fighter ever in mixed martial arts,” White exclaimed. “Not only if he wins this fight will he get the credit he deserves, he’ll have beat the best in the world.”

So, not only is Okami fighting for a championship, but also, whether he means to or not, the respect of those doubting his place at middleweight.

Follow @Erik_Fontanez on Twitter or e-mail Erik Fontanez.
For more UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Dana White: UFC ‘going to support’ Anderson Silva regardless of NAC punishment

  • 4 days ago
  • 8 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Anderson Silva failed multiple failed tests before and after his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz, and UFC president Dana White "has no idea what’s going to happen" next. Silva and Diaz, read news >>

Dana White promises UFC will stand behind Anderson Silva regardless of NSAC penalty

  • 4 days ago
  • 7 views

Unsurprisingly, no mention of Nick Diaz. I got your back, bro. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is standing behind his former middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, even afte read news >>

Dana White: No matter what, UFC 'going to support' Anderson Silva

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC president made it clear that his company will stand behind it's former champion, regardless the outcome of his ongoing PED case. Anderson Silva has been with the UFC for almost nine years. Ov read news >>

Fedor: Anderson Silva's failed test is 'a slap in the face', says UFC 'missed out' on Brock Lesnar match up

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Fedor Emelianenko talks about Anderson Silva's failed test, and UFC being the one that 'missed out' on putting on a match up against Brock Lesnar. Fedor Emelianenko is in the US to help promote the u read news >>

UFC 184: Welcome to the Show press conference live at 2 p.m. ET

  • 26 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC president Dana White will host a pre-fight press conference in Los Angeles this afternoon before the UFC 184 card. The UFC will host a Welcome to the Show press conference Saturday afternoon at t read news >>

Watch UFC's 'Welcome to the Show' launch event, Dana White to reveal upcoming events

  • 26 days ago
  • 19 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will unveil its second season of action-packed live events during a special press conference this afternoon (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) from The Event Deck at L.A. Live read news >>

Video: Watch UFC champ Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson give Dana White a heart attack

  • 26 days ago
  • 341 views

LOS ANGELES – For a minute there, UFC President Dana White clearly had a look on his face that suggested the fight promotion had another PR disaster on its hands.Filed under: Featured, Featured Video read news >>

GIF: UFC champ Jon Jones, opponent Anthony Johnson troll Dana White with hilarious fake brawl

  • 26 days ago
  • 63 views

Dana's face is priceless! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass put together a special "Welcome to the Show" press conference this afternoon (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015), highlighting several of the up read news >>

Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson scare Dana White with fake brawl prank

  • 26 days ago
  • 161 views

LOS ANGELES -- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson scared Dana White by pulling off a fake brawl at the "Welcome to the Show" event Saturday afternoon. read news >>