What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been was a pretty decent compilation album from the Grateful Dead. To keep borrowing for the metaphor, many people thought Yushin "Thunder" Okami was going to be a skeleton straight out of Touch of Gray before he got a UFC title shot against Anderson Silva. Okami kept creeping up the ladder, only to get kicked off the top rung. He grinded out people, he wasn't flashy and he kept losing at inopportune times. The first time, it was by Rich Franklin to see who would get to rematch Silva. This was possibly one of the worst things Rich ever did in his MMA career, as it meant he would get locked in the cage with the Spider again. That didn't work out very well for him at all.
The next time he was ALMOST THERE! Then he fell to Chael Sonnen. Granted that wasn't an official MW title eliminator, but for all intents and purposes, the winner there got to beat the hell out of Andy, only to get choked out in round 5. As everyone has fallen to the greatest P4P unarmed fighter in the world, so too fell Vitor Belfort. So it is now Yushin's turn. The oddsmakers think that he, too, shall fail to dethrone the champion. The pundits, myself included, don't think that he'll succeed. Quite frankly, it will be a most impressive upset if he does - not the greatest in the world, or even of the year (thanks, Tito Ortiz) - but one of the biggest shakeups since BJ Penn got outhustled by a scrawny wrestleboxer from New Jersey and a pudgy Russian lost in every manner conceivable.
This article is not about if he will win or lose. It isn't about how he might win or lose. The journey to even make this attempt has been so very long in coming for Mr. Okami, and it deserves its own minute in the light.
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