Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/27/13
Once heralded by UFC President Dana White as "the best fighter to ever come out of Japan," former middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami (29-8) has been released by the UFC. A fixture in the division since making his organizational debut with a win over Alan Belcher at UFC 62, the Japanese veteran compiled a 13-5 record inside the Octagon, including wins over Mike Swick, Mark Munoz, Nate Marquardt, and, most recently, Hector Lombard. In August 2011, Okami squared off with then middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 134, the company's first show in Brazil in over a decade, losing in his bid to claim championship gold. An upset loss to Tim Boetsch at UFC 144 followed, but Okami was able to rebound, stringing together three consecutive victories, re-affirming his standing as one of the top competitors in the weight class. Earlier this month, Okami suffered the eighth loss of his career, falling to former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in the f...
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