Dana is mucking up the weak-ass middle weight division so bad that even the crew at MMA Junkie can't help but notice:
I just do not see how TUF guys like Chris Leben flailing away in bad kickboxing matches are more entertaining than watching Marquardt and Okami. Yeah Nate's fight with Salaverry was a dud. But the guy has skills and comes to fight everytime out.
Okami's even better. His style may be methodical but it's decisive -- except for the Franklin fight , everyone of Okami's fights in the UFC came to a clear unmistakable conclusion.
You know what I think -- I think Dana's dis of Marquardt and refusal to resign Okami is a sign that he's given up on the Japanese market. Nate is a repeat King of Pancrase and Okami is already signed to fight for K1 Heros.
I think letting these guys go shows that Dana just wants to put on brawls in the cage for the whiteboys here at home. He tried sushi, gave him heartburn.