On January 20, 2006,a little known Anderson Silva stepped inside the cage opposite Yushin Okami in the opening round of the Rumble on the Rock welterweight tournament in Hawaii.
Silva quickly displaying his dominance. Okami was in big trouble when he dropped for a single leg takedown and eventually got the whirling dervish on his back. Suddenly Okami found himself on the receiving end of an illegal upkick which sent him flying to mat. Okami could no longer continue, so he was awarded the disqualification victory. Okami was knocked out of the tournament in in his next match by the event's eventual champion, Jake Shields.
That was Anderson Silva's last loss. At UFC Rio Silva will have a chance to avenge the loss, and his sense that Okami could have continued but chose not to, a belief that lef Silva to labe Okami a 'Samurai without honour'.
"I was a little surprised with his reaction to that [upkick]," Silva told Tatame.com. "Do I think he could have continued? I do think he could have continued. But he had the rules in his favour. I did an illegal kick and he chose that it was better not to continue.
"The thing I always demand is respect. I respect everybody and have a history in the sport and I believe people need to respect me. When they cross that line of respect is when they don't really understand what happens.
"And things happen to them that they never imagined would happen. To me, you have to keep respect. When you don't, not good things are going to happen to you."
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