Yushin Okami added To WSOF 9 main card - NBC Sports

Yushin Okami added To WSOF 9 main card
Japanese standout battles Bulgaria's Svetlozar Savov
March 19, 2014, 12:45 pm

Yushin Okami, one of MMA's most formidable middleweights who owns big wins over marquee talents such as Anderson Silva, Alan Belcher, Mark Munoz and Nate Marquardt, will make his World Series of Fighting debut on March 29 against Bulgarian standout Svetlozar Savov. The three-round bout will be featured on the WSOF 9 main card and broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Arguably the most accomplished MMA fighter in Japan's history, the 32-year-old Okami is a ridiculously powerful judo black belt with vicious ground and pound. Chael Sonnen, a past Okami sparring partner, publicly raved about the southpaw's talents, saying during an interview: "He (Okami) thoroughly handled me during training. I was lucky that I managed to defeat him in our fight. I probably won't agree to rematch him. The one fighter whom I never want fight again -- Yushin Okami."

Additionally, a featherweight matchup between Brenson Hansen (5-2) and Boostayre "Bullit" Nefarios (2-1) has also been added to the night's WSOF.com-streamed preliminary card.

"I was already excited for World Series of Fighting 9, but the addition of Yushin Okami against Svetlozar Savov to our live NBCSN broadcast leaves no question that this is the best card we've ever put together," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "This card now has some of the world's most established talent, as well as some of the top up-and-coming names in the sport. This truly is a card you do not want to miss."

"World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares," which features a welterweight title fight between champ Steve Carl and challenger Rousimar Palhares, as well as Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse for the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title, takes place March 29 at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 9, which start at just $39, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at The Joint box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The night's featured fights air live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT local time) following preliminary bouts that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

The 32-year-old Okami, of Kanagawa, Japan, is a judo black belt who owns career victories over MMA notables Alan Belcher, Hector Lombard, Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz, Anderson Silva and Mike Swick, among others. He now meets 25-year-old Bulgarian prospect Savov, who boasts 11 stoppage wins among his 12 career victories.

Hansen has already fought three times under the World Series of Fighting banner, earning wins over Josh Montalvo and Tom Marcellino before suffering a hard-fought split-decision loss to Freddy Assuncao at January's World Series of Fighting 8 event. Meanwhile, Nefarios makes his World Series of Fighting debut. The son of longtime MMA veteran Marvin Eastman, Nefarios is a well-known name on the Las Vegas fight scene after fighting several times in Sin City as an amateur before making the transition to the pro ranks.

With the two additions, the World Series of Fighting 9 lineup now includes:


Champion Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares - for welterweight title

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse - for inaugural bantamweight title

Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov

Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson

Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez


Mike Corey vs. Shane Kruchten

Chris Gruetzemacher vs. John Gunderson

Sean Cantor vs. Bryson Hansen

Phil Dace vs. Danny Davis

Brenson Hansen vs. Boostayre Nefarios

Jimmy Jones vs. Rudy Morales

Gil Guardado vs. Jimmy Spicuzza

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