TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 06: Yushin Okami attends the UFC press conference at Shinjuku Wald 9 on September 6, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The UFC will hold the Japan Tournament on February 26, 2012. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)
The UFC 150: "Henderson vs. Edgar 2" pay-per-view event tonight (Sat., Aug. 11, 2012) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, featured a middleweight mash up between a Yushin Okami and late replacement Buddy Roberts.
Okami entered the evening with his job possibly on the line, considering he was soundly defeated in consecutive fights. Sure, they were at the hands of Anderson Silva and Tim Boetsch, respectively, but a loss to the unheralded Roberts would likely spell the end of his time competing inside the Octagon.
Thankfully, he was fighting a lesser opponent.
With all due respect to Roberts, who had some success standing and striking with "Thunder," he failed miserably once Okami clinched and took him to the floor. He was nearly finished in the first before succumbing to a volley of punches in the second.
Okami did little damage but the referee had no choice.
Roberts came out swinging hard, throwing a few big punches and following them up with a big head kick that Okami easily avoided. He continued pressuring "Thunder," though, and it led to the Japanese judo player grabbing him up, taking him to the floor and getting back control in short order.
Roberts managed to spin out and get to full guard but he was on the bottom and that meant points for Okami. Not only that, Okami eventually passed to full mount with roughly 20 seconds remaining in the round.
Okami very nearly finished the fight, throwing as many punches as he could muster while Roberts just covered up and waited for the sweet relief of the horn sounding. Referee Herb Dean nearly called it but the horn came and they went to the second.
The second stanza saw Roberts have some success early with punches, once again forcing Okami to clinch up and work for a takedown, which he achieved with minimal effort.
And, once again, he got full mount, took Roberts' back, and started landing punches. None of them were doing any damage but there were enough that Dean called the fight due to Buddy not being able to intelligently defend himself and that was that.
Talk about underwhelming.
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