Yushin Okami

TRAINING: After coming back to Japan, I’ll be training in match form. I’m trying to adjust to bring my best to the day.

When and why did you start training for fighting? Five years ago; my friend got me started.

What ranks and titles have you held? Third-ranked Pancrase middleweight, 2003 ADCC Japanese qualification winner.

Do you have any heroes?
Caol Uno

What is your favorite technique?
Ground and pound

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
UFC is my dream since from when I started training MMA, and my challenge to the world.

What was your job before you started fighting? Working in a restaurant and Pachinko.

•    Last man to defeat Anderson Silva (in Hawaii in a non-UFC event. Okami won via disqualification after an illegal Silva upkick from his back)

•    Widely ranked as one of top 3 middleweight fighters in the world

•    Never dodges tough opponents: Has fought against nearly every top 185 pounder in the world – and beaten most of them. In addition to his win over Silva, holds wins over Alan Belcher, Mike Swick, Nate Marquardt, Evan Tanner and Mark Munoz

•    Extremely tough and durable; in 31 career fights against a Who’s Who of the sport, has only been stopped once inside of the distance.

•    A judo black belt with exceptional balance, strength and takedown defense. Is one of the best defensive, counter-style fighters in the world, which helps him frustrate and wear down opponents.

•    30 years old. Grew up in Kanagawa, Japan, where he was a self-described “gentle child.”
•    ” Skilled in track and field during his school years, Okami eventually gravitated to combat sports, and by 2001, the 20-year old was entrenched in the fight game and a year away from his pro debut.

•    A globetrotter: Okami’s fighting passport has been stamped in Russia, South Korea, Northern Ireland, the United States, Germany and Hawaii.

•    After loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC 104 has since trained extensively with Sonnen in Portland, Oregon.

•    “Team Quest offered the highest training environment to me that exists,” said Okami. “I wish to express my gratitude to them. Communication was the only problem for me because my English language skill is still low.”

Fight History

Skill Breakdown
Charts are compiled based on results from all fights.
Total Fights: 17
Record: 27-7-0
Summary: Ground and pound, strength
Fighter Info
Nickname: Thunder
From: Kanagawa Japan
Fights Out Of: Kanagawa Japan
Age: 30
Height: 6′ 2" ( 187 cm )
Weight: 185 lb ( 84 kg )


Total Attempted Strikes
39% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
58% Standing
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
48% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Yushin Okami
UFC® 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

Feb 25, 2012

29 1 0 2 R3KO/TKO
Tim Boetsch 42 0 1 0
Anderson Silva
UFC® RIO Live on Pay-Per-View: Silva vs. Okami

Aug 27, 2011

43 0 0 0 R2KO/TKO
Yushin Okami 16 0 0 0
Nate Marquardt
UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami

Nov 13, 2010

21 3 1 1 R3Decision – Unanimous
Yushin Okami 25 1 0 3
Mark Munoz

Aug 1, 2010

16 1 0 0 R3Decision – Split
Yushin Okami 22 1 0 0
Yushin Okami
UFC® Fight Night™: FLORIAN vs GOMI

Mar 31, 2010

50 0 0 3 R2TKO – Doctor’s Stoppage
Lucio Linhares 8 0

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