Okami was next scheduled to return at against . Okami lost to Sonnen via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). After the fight, Okami trained at Team Quest with Sonnen for one month before returning to Japan. Sonnen stated in an interview “I want to say hello to my brother, Yushin through this interview. I am saddened that he returned to Japan – it feels like I parted with a close friend. Though Yushin lost against me, he came forward and asked to train with me: Is this a Japanese thing? It is admirable that he tried to learn from an opponent who defeated him. While at Team Quest in Portland, he thoroughly handled me during training. I was lucky that I managed to defeat him in our fight. I probably won’t agree to a rematch with him (laughs). The one fighter whom I never want to fight again – that is Yushin Okami.”
Yushin Okami is a . He currently fights at . Okami is currently ranked the #7 best middleweight in the world by , and #9 by MMA Weekly.
An injury to Luiz Cane has forced him out of his middleweight debut against Yushin Okami at UFC 150, and Rousimar Palhares has stepped in as a replacement.
Former middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami looks to snap a two-fight skid in August when he meets new 185-pounder Luiz Cane at UFC 150 in Denver.
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