"In my opinion, Yushin Okami is the best fighter to ever come out of Japan. This guy didn't come up fighting cans and get this built-up, mythological record. This guy's been fighting the absolute best for years, and I'm sure he feels, and a lot of people feel that he doesn't get the credit he deserves. Now he's going in against the pound for pound best fighter in the world, probably the best fighter ever in mixed martial arts. Not only, if he wins this fight, he'll get the credit he deserves, but he'll be the best in the world."
Dana White was very outspoken about number one UFC middleweight contender, Yushin Okami, yesterday (August 16, 2011) during the UFC 134 media conference call. Okami is slated to face pound-for-pound king and UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, in the main event as the world's top MMA promotion heads to Brazil for the first time in over 10 years. While many of the top Japanese MMA fighters have struggled in their US debuts, Okami has been very consistent, holding an 11-2 record in the UFC since making his debut five years ago. "Thunder" is also the last man to defeat Anderson Silva, earning a disqualification victory in January of 2006. Does White have a point?