As reported on Fighters.com, UFC Middleweight Yushin Okami was released by the UFC. Fans around the world were surprised that the UFC would release the number sixth ranked middleweight who has gone 3-1 in his last four bouts. UFC President Dana White finally spoke about why they released Okami.
White told Yahoo:
“He’s been with us forever. He was always a tough guy and was right up there, but it’s almost like he’d become a gatekeeper. I like Okami, and you’ve heard me say this many times, that a win over Yushin Okami meant something.
“But he was never able to get over the hump and win one of those [significant] fights. We have a lot of guys coming in and I’ve been saying this all year: We have a full roster and there are guys who deserve opportunities. When you bring guys in, someone has to go. That’s why these fights are so meaningful.”
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