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If you took Chael Sonnen's word for it -- and no one is advising you to do so, mind you -- but if you did, you were probably under the impression that Yushin Okami had all the right skills and abilities as a martial artist to end the long reign of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
As it turns out, he doesn't ... not even close.
The top contender to the 185-pound title seemed hesitant to engage throughout and once he finally did push "The Spider" up against the fence, he could do absolutely nothing with all that otherworldly strength he was billed as possessing.
Eventually, of course, he met the same fate as the other 13 men that have climbed inside the Octagon with Silva. A cold, crushing defeat and the realization that he simply doesn't stack up with the best in the world.
UFC President and Anderson Silva's biggest fan, Dana White, broke it down to MMAFighting.com:
"Everybody who knows anything about mixed martial arts knew what the game plan was for Okami and he went for it. Get up against that fence, get him in the clinch and try to work from there, rough him up and try to get him to the ground. He got him in the clinch and started getting caught to the body with those big knees, didn't like it, didn't like being there, I guarantee you, I don't know but in the second round... After the first round, his corner was saying ... he got hit with that big head kick, his corner was saying, 'Do not stand out in the middle with him. Get him against the cage and try to take him down.' But he absolutely could not impose his will or implement his game plan and I'll say it again like I've said a million times: (Anderson Silva) is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and in my opinion the best fighter ever."
Okami, who White called the greatest fighter to ever come out of Japan, is now 10-3 inside the Octagon with plenty of solid wins but his three defeats are against the now and former elite of the division.
Which doesn't bode well for his future.
In fact, there were fans calling for White to cut the perennial middleweight contender. Those notions were dismissed outright but it's fair to ask where the Japanese judo specialist goes from here.
Anyone got a good plan in mind for Okami?