Yushin Okami has been looking up to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva ever since he entered the company.
When Okami (26-5) started in the UFC, Silva was the champion. And, now almost five years later, “The Spider” still has that gold wrapped around his waist.
“I am prepared to be the UFC middleweight champion. I’m gonna prove myself in this fight. I will break his streak,” Okami said. “Ever since I started in the UFC, he has been the champion. I’ve always wanted to take the belt from him.
“The UFC championship has been waiting for me. I believe that I am stronger than him and I will take full advantage of it. I have been fighting in the middleweight division for a long time. I am very confident. I am ready to fight Anderson Silva.”
Okami has met Silva already once, as the two faced off at Rumble On The Rock 8 from Honolulu, Hawaii in January of 2006. Okami won by disqualification after Silva hit him with an illegal up kick while he was on the ground.
The two have not seen eye-to-eye, as Silva called Okami “a samurai without honor” for celebrating the DQ victory as if he had won the fight “properly.”
The loss was the last one for Silva, who defended his title with a fifth round submission victory over Chael Sonnen last year and a first round knockout triumph against Vitor Belfort earlier this year.
Sonnen, who has talked negatively of Silva since that contest, is training with Okami, who is 10-2 in his UFC career and 6-1 in his last seven bouts, for the UFC 134 fight.
UFC 134 takes place from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 27.