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  • 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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  • Yushin Okami
    岡見 勇信
    Born (1981-07-21) July 21, 1981 (age 34)
    Kanagawa, Japan
    Native name 岡見 勇信
    Other names Thunder
    Nationality Japanese
    Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
    Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
    Division Middleweight
    Welterweight
    Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
    Style Judo, Jujutsu
    Fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan
    Team Wajyutsu Keisyukai
    Team Quest
    Rank Black belt in Judo
    Years active 2002–present
    Mixed martial arts record
    Total 41
    Wins 31
    By knockout 11
    By submission 5
    By decision 14
    By disqualification 1
    Losses 10
    By knockout 5
    By decision 5
    Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

    “I have grown up in Japan, so every part of me is truly Japanese,” Okami said when asked about the Japanese fighting spirit. “In that sense, I think I carry through the way of fighting which I believe represents a Japanese fighter’s spirit. And I hope the fans enjoy watching a reborn Yushin Okami walking to the top again."

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Yushin Okami is a Japanese who competes for in the division. As of June 15, 2014, he is ranked the #9 Middleweight in the world by . A professional competitor since 2002, Okami has also formerly competed for the , , , and . He holds notable wins over , , , (x2), , and .