Dana White is never one to shy away from saying how he feels.
The brash UFC president made an interesting claim recently, stating he believes Yushin Okami is the greatest Japanese fighter in MMA history.
Okami meets Anderson Silva later this month at UFC 134 in Brazil for the UFC middleweight title.
“In my opinion, Yushin Okami is the best fighter ever to come out of Japan,” White said. “This guy didn’t fight cans and get this built-up, mythological record.”
White has always been out-spoken when it comes to fighters taking easy fights and improving their record without truly testing themselves.
Of course, White’s basis for his reasoning behind proclaiming Okami the best is that none of the other major Japanese fighters competed in the UFC, or, if they did, struggled.
White also feels that Okami will get a chance to earn his praise when he steps inside the Octagon with Silva, a man he holds a win – by disqualification – over. He was the last man to defeat “The Spider.”
“Anderson Silva is fighting for his legacy,” White said. “Yushin Okami is fighting for respect.
“If he wins this fight, he’ll get the credit he finally deserves.”
Okami (26-5) is riding a three-fight win streak, having last lost to Chael Sonnen in 2009. Prior to that, he had also won three fights in a row. “Thunder” is 10-2 during his five years in the UFC.