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