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Yushin Okami is a boring motherfucker

(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.

  • http://myballs.com BigFern

    is anyone watching this 25 TUFFest moments shit on Spike TV? is it just me or do Bonnar and Griffin have the gayest mannerisms….

  • Ted Dibiase

    hell no. im watching Dog the Bounty Hunter!!!! shhhhh hush down, Criss Angel is on next.

  • Ted Dibiase

    oh god. thanks dana for that huge announcement. i was totally caught by surprise.

  • http://www.myspace.com/96273771 Tommy

    I think you might be a bit Bi-polar there fightlinker. I’m just saying though.

  • Jonathan

    Man…who saw it coming? Silva/Liddell for December? Wow…blown away.

    To the main point, they are bringing back Nate Mardquardt…is he anymore exciting than Okami? I like Okami because he is Japanese…maybe they should bring in Sakuraba…oh wait, he is fighting Funaki on NYE Card!

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com garth

    i missed all the drama because i was fleeing all-consuming wildfires.
    i hope they bring back Yushin, mainly for the fact that he smashed Mike Swick’s face in in front of his hometown fans. That was awesome.
    That fight was a decision, but it was far from boring, as far as I was concerned. Every other Okami fight i’ve seen was pretty dull. Starnes, Singer and Blecher all felt the Asian fury of Okami, as well.
    Ultimately, I hope they sign him back. How about Okami-Marquardt! SOMEONE will have to do something.

  • Xavier

    It should be a sport. Not human cockfighting. Yeah, Okami is boring as fuck, but he wins. If this is a sport, then he should be re-upped.

    The San Antonio Spurs are the most boring basketball team known to man. Their finals appearances are some of the most low-rated affairs ever. If the NBA were to kick them out of the league because of it, the NBA would then automatically become a massive joke. You don’t do that in sport, you just hope they lose and change or their players lose and retire.

    I’d like this to be a sport, really. Not “rock ‘em, sock ‘em” robots.

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com garth

    X has a great point. what about the NJ Devils? the Tampa Bay Bucs? They were relatively “boring”. since they were in a team sport, and a city-based sport, their wins were more important. The way they went about it mattered little.
    So we say “screw ‘boring’ fighters” (I have no problem with that, btw, just working it out in my head), and we end up with… no one who can possibly beat anderson silva. Patrick Cote? That could seriously be the fight. Nate Quarry? urrrgk…
    I’d rather see Yushin, to be honest. It would be similar in a way to randy beating tim…sure, the fight itself was a bit dull, but the fighter did what was thought to be impossible. If Yushin can beat Silva, arguably the best at his class in the entire world, it would be a similar feat. Not the same! just similar

  • Geoff

    I think Yuoshin has shown his potential to have exciting fights in his stoppages of Singer, Belcher, and Starnes. His fight with Swick was also good but as soon as any importance is place on the fight he fights really defensively(see MacDonald, Franklin). Maybe if he gets a big money longterm contract he’ll let his hands go again.

  • Jonathan

    Plus, his nick name is Yushin “Thunder” Okami…how badass is that?

  • http://insidefights.insidepulse.com Mike_N

    Yeah, Okami fights are like watching paint dry, but the other guys are also kinda culpable in Okami’s 5-1 record. In other words, Okami’s got no obligation to be remotely interesting as long as the other guy can’t drag him kicking and screaming to a loss.

    For excitement’s sake, how about throwing Drew McFedries in there once he comes back from that staph outbreak? Throw one more guy in there who’s willing to stand and trade with him (Scott Smith, anyone?), then give him a crack at Silva. Sure, he’s about as useful working off his back as a turtle is, but it’d be the most exciting three minutes (if it lasts that long) in the UFC for that year.

    It sounds crazy, but think about it: the guy with the heaviest hands in the promotion against the UFC’s most dangerous striker. I’d watch that.

  • intenso

    It’s not a sport like basketball. You know who likes watching the Spurs? Spurs fans.

    Dana White isn’t in the business of providing a venue for this sport. He’s in the business of makin’ mad bank.

  • winklepicker

    You know, Antiques Roadshow ain’t all that bad.

  • http://www.fightlinker.com fightlinker

    I spent my drugged up youth watching that shit after raves for hours and hours. Maybe we should all drop acid and watch Yushin Okami fight … we might totally ‘get it’ then

  • micjasbro

    Just sign him for one fight to take on Silva, if he loses he out, if he wins let Franklin challenge someone not named Anderson for the vacant position.

    But they HAVE to get rid of Tim Sylvia if they are weeding out boring fighters. And Sean Sherk, and Manny Gamburyan.

  • Ryan

    #12 – exactly. Dana might huff and puff about the “sporting” aspect, but when it comes down to it, he just wants entertainment that brings in the money. No other possible reason could justify letting Okami go, or signing 1-0 Brosk Lesnar (or wait, is he like 115-4 is amatuer wrestling? Or 895-0 in PROFESSIONAL wrestling? Oh wait, neither is MMA, I don’t give a fuck).

    #6 – what you say makes intuitive sense, but see Salaverry-Marquardt for an example of 2 boring figters not doing anything. The boringness actually coalescing into a time-warp continuum, where time stops and everyone falls asleep just like the Old Ones.

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