As expected, former UFC middleweight contender dominated in his World Series of Fighting debut, choking out the completely over-matched Svetlozar Savov in the 2nd round of an otherwise extremely lopsided fight. Okami (30-8) is one of the keys to WSOF's international expansion, and he's already set to be the main event of WSOF Japan on August 2nd. WSOF officials announced their plans last night following WSOF 9 in Las Vegas.
There's no venue set for this event nor an opponent for Okami, but considering he won his debut with ease and is easily the best middleweight they have on the roster, a title fight against the winner of Jesse Taylor vs. David Branch should be in his sights.Taylor and Branch still have their tournament final to complete to determine the inaugural belt, but WSOF hasn't confirmed when they will battle.
The UFC released Okami following a co-main event TKO loss to Ronaldo Souza in October, and, much like the Jon Fitch decision, WSOF immediately snapped up a widely regarded top 10 fighter. While Fitch's first two fights have ended in a loss and an underwhelming win, Okami was brought in to beat Savov and he even managed a rare finish. Now Okami has a chance to finally secure a promotional belt (albeit in a smaller promotion), something he's never been able to achieve in his 12 year MMA career.
WSOF's upcoming shows include a June stop in San Jose where Georgi Karakhanyan defends his FW title against Rick Glenn, and WSOF 11 in July, which features Rousimar Palhares against Jon Fitch (maybe) and Justin Gaethje vs. Nick Newell for the lightweight title.