At WSOF 24 on October 17, 2015, Yushin Okami will make a drop to welterweight to face Jon Fitch.
Both Okami (30-9) and Fitch (26-7-1) are UFC veterans who transitioned to WSOF following long careers, and both are coming off recent losses against title holders. Okami’s recent title loss was to WSOF Middleweight Champ David Branch, while Fitch’s was to Welterweight Champ Rousimar Palhares.
Okami is a standout in the world of Japanese MMA products. He is a veteran of PRIDE, Pancrase, and M-1 Global who has stayed in the international top ten middleweights list for a very long time in his career. Okami’s release from the UFC was a harsh notice to fans that gatekeepers weren’t going to figure in the organization’s game plan.
Okami continued with WSOF just one month later. He is now 1-1 with the promotion, and was slated to add to that number in June, but opponent Ryan Ford pulled out due to injury.
WSOF has recently shaken up its management team by adding digital media exec Carlos Silva as the new CEO. Silva was president and COO of the Universal Sports Network and ran AOL Sports, AOL News and AOL Money.
WSOF signalled a foray into the China market with a press conference held in Beijing