(I wrote this blog the day after UFC77 but forgot to post it … so here it is!)
We still haven’t made it back to Canadia yet, so I haven’t heard if the UFC decided to show the Jason MacDonald vs Yushin Okami fight on the PPV. I really wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t. Even though Okami is the most logical choice for #1 contender at middleweight, his win against Jason MacDonald was a snoozer of epic proportions and wouldn’t have earned him a fan in the world.
There’s been whisperings that the UFC actually has no plan to renew Okami’s contract on account of him being the most boring fighter in the universe (Sorry Jake O’Brien – like Fedor, you have to stay active to hold the #1 ranking). While the fact that this fight was a dark match supports that theory, I would be amazed if the UFC had the balls to drop a fighter who’s 5-1, especially considering his position in the anemic middleweight division. If the UFC cut him, they’d basically be creating a new Matt Lindland, who was also cut from the UFC for being as exciting as watching Antiques Roadshow.
The funny thing about the whole Matt Lindland thing is I was happy when they ditched him. He was fucking boring, and so is Yushin Okami. I’ve tried really hard to appreciate the skill and control these guys show in grinding out decisions. I’m a patient guy and I’m willing to give a dude a chance to prove that he’s capable of finishing a fight. But at this point I’m just as done with Okami now as I was with Lindland years ago.
I’d love to see Anderson Silva smash Okami’s face in, but I cringe with fear at the idea of Okami holding Silva down and winning a decision. What a fucking catastrophe that would be (well, it would be a catastrophe for everyone but Rich Franklin). So if the UFC does decide not to renew Okami’s contract, I’m not gonna be one of the people out there in the forums bitching and complaining. Okami might be good at gutting out a win, but he’s a pretty mediocre mixed martial artist overall and I have no use for guys who can’t finish a fight.