Sep 4, 2013; Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL; Yushin Okami (red shorts) enters his fight against Ronaldo Jacare Souza (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Mineirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Yushin Okami set for World Series of Fighting debut in late March


MMA: UFC Fight Night-Jacare Souza vs Okami
Yushin Okami will make his World Series of Fighting debut this month against a fighter you have likely never heard of. The former UFC Middleweight title contender will take on Svetlozar Savov at WSOF 9 on March 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Okami was cut by the UFC last year after losing to Jacare Souza by TKO in the first round. Cutting Okami came as a huge shock to most MMA fans and media alike. The former #1 contender was on a three fight winning streak before losing to Jacare. Many attested Okami’s tendency to be a boring fighter and his high paycheck as the reason for his release. The UFC brass stated that Okami could certainly return to the Octagon if he puts together a nice run outside the organization.

Okami will look to start his run against Svetlozar Savov later this month. Savov is 12-4, but has never fought anyone near the caliber of Yushin Okami. In 12 victories, Savov has 11 finishes, including eight submissions. At the ripe age of 25, Savov has a huge opportunity in this fight to make a name for himself. Defeating Okami would be a huge feather in Savov’s cap, and put Middleweights around the world on notice.

Here is the main card for WSOF 9:

Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares- WSOF Welterweight championship
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse- Inaugural WSOF Bantamweight championship
Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov
Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez
Mike Corey vs. Shane Kruchten

Tags: Jacare Souza Rousimar Palhares Steve Carl Svetlozar Savov UFC WSOF WSOF 9 Yushin Okami