Okami: I'm going to take Anderson Silva's aura

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com
 

"I will guarantee that he will not be bored when fighting me," he said.

As if his task isn't difficult enough, the southpaw will be charged with having to defeat Silva in his home country. Should he win, it would make the victory even sweeter. Okami says that he's always dreamed of becoming the UFC champion, and to do it, he will have to unseat the longest-reigning titleholder in promotional history.

So, to recap, Silva has defended the belt eight times, won 14 straight, finished 12 of those bouts, and is considered the pound-for-pound king. He's also going to be out for revenge against the last man who beat him, while fighting on his home turf.

It's already a lot to overcome without the pressure of the extra storylines, but Okami says he won't let the enormity of the moment get to him. Nor will he let Silva get in his head. After all, he's stared him in the eye once before. Unlike most who have faced Silva during this streak, this will not be a new experience for him. A winner of 10 of his 12 UFC bouts, and with consecutive victories over Nate Marquardt and Mark Munoz propelling him forward, Okami isn't about to be overwhelmed by a champion who often seems like he's won even before he enters the cage.

"My opponent is the champion Anderson, the fight is in Brazil, and I am the challenger. I'd say that the table has been set," he said.

"He's got an aura that intimidates any opponent. I'm going to take that aura away from him."

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Deaf Forever site profile image  

5/6/11 8:54 PM by Deaf Forever

It was made to break into the Brazilian markets that's why it's in Rio.

Deaf Forever site profile image  

5/6/11 8:52 PM by Deaf Forever

So true. He is so strange that way.

hubris site profile image  

5/6/11 7:22 PM by hubris

Seagal shows up and Okami is done

Deaf Forever site profile image  

5/6/11 7:12 PM by Deaf Forever

Is that why Silva kicked his ass the last time they fought?Yes I know Okami improved but he didn't CHANG. His fighting style is still virtually the same (just more refined) and he didn't look anything like "the worst style matchup" Silva ever faced. Sonnen beat Marquardt pretty thoroughly but Okami (supposedly the Japanese Sonnen) barely eeked past him.He's a slow, plodding CLINCH wrestler (no explosive doubles like Sonnen) and has terrible striking defense and zero sense of urgency/killer instinct.

Royalt239 site profile image  

5/6/11 7:04 PM by Royalt239

the chin of bob sapp?? he just got ko'd by a 170lb fighter, i hope this was an attempt at humor lol

Chuckles site profile image  

5/6/11 2:17 PM by Chuckles

Hey, if Okami wins it is a far lesser evil than having Sonnen as champ. I don't see it happening though.

reddsharkk site profile image  

5/6/11 2:04 PM by reddsharkk

He has the chin of a shw. Bob sapp specifically.

X_Rated site profile image  

5/6/11 12:16 PM by X_Rated

I don't care who you are.. nobody "ko's Okami quick"

MMApostle site profile image  

5/6/11 12:14 PM by MMApostle

I see Anderson ending it with a quick KO to prove a point.

JonesBonedShogunInHisRua site profile image  

5/6/11 12:10 PM by JonesBonedShogunInHisRua

I've said this for years now, Okami will take Anderson's belt. Dana finally listened to me and put this fight together for me, thanks BLAF.