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.

Related News

Dana White: Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg Justino would do 2.5 million PPV buys

  • 28 days ago
  • 14 views

Don't think that UFC president Dana White doesn't understand just how big a bout between Ronda Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino can be. After Rousey, the UFC's mainstream superstar, added to her resu read news >>

UFC 190: Dana White says Rousey-Cyborg will happen 'whenever Cyborg is ready'

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

At the UFC 190 post-fight press conference, Dana White told media that a Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg superfight would be made as soon as Cyborg can make 135. After tearing through Bethe Correia in 3 read news >>

UFC's Dana White announces Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira's retirement

  • 28 days ago
  • 44 views

The UFC president unilaterally announced that he was through promoting fights featuring the Brazilian legend and offered Nogueira a career with the organization. UFC president Dana White announced th read news >>

Here we go again. Dana White now talking about Dallas Stadium show featuring Aldo vs. McGregor & Rousey-Tate.

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

After Ronda Rousey's big win at UFC 190 in Brazil, both she and UFC boss Dana White talked about their hopes for a Dallas stadium show featuring Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 3 and Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGre read news >>

Dana White 'done' giving Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fights, will offer him UFC job

  • 28 days ago
  • 59 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – UFC President Dana White said fans have seen the last of former PRIDE and interim UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira inside the octagon. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, V read news >>

Dana White: ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira has agreed to retire after UFC 190

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- It appears that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira won’t be entering the Octagon anymore. The former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion suffered his third straight loss at UFC 190, losing via read news >>

Watch UFC 190 post-fight press conference full video replay with Dana White

  • 29 days ago
  • 48 views

HIGHLIGHTS! Gone In 34 Seconds! Thomas Myers Watch Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia full fight video highlights from last night in UFC 190's main event inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, feat read news >>

Dana White: Rousey vs. Cyborg Does 2.5 Million Buys, but Cyborg Must Make Weight

  • 29 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey posted yet another brutal, lopsided win at UFC 190. Unsurprisingly, the discussion both on social media and at the UFC 190 post-fight press conference ( read news >>

Dana White: Claudia Gadelha to get next title shot vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

  • 29 days ago
  • 3 views

Claudia Gadelha asked for it and now she's going to get it. After beating Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision at UFC 190 on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Gadelha used UFC president Dana White' read news >>

Dana White: UFC 190 PPV buys trending bigger than UFC 189

  • 29 days ago
  • 12 views

It has been one heck of a summer for Dana White and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Forget Cris Cyborg, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) needs to book Ronda Rousey vs. Conor McGregor next! read news >>