A pair of former UFC title contenders will meet in the World Series of Fighting cage coming up soon, as Jon Fitch battles Yushin Okami.
The two will meet in the main event of WSOF 24 on October 17 on NBC Sports Network, with the winner staying relevant in the title hunt.
Fitch (26-7-1) suffered a submission loss to Rousimar Palhares in his attempt to claim the WSOF title last December, snapping a two-fight win streak. He also failed his pre-fight drug test and was subsequently suspended.
“Yeah I’m super excited,” said Fitch, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “I got a great opponent with Yushin Okami. You know, he’s got a long history of fighting a lot of top guys and doing a lot of damage in the sport. I’m excited to be fighting him at his first fight at 170.
“I was a little surprised that he was going to drop the weight and be able to drop the weight, ’cause historically he’s a rather large 185 pounder. So for him to come down to 170 is quite a feat.”
Okami (30-9) is 1-2 in his last three, including a November loss to David Branch for the middleweight title.
The move down to 170 pounds is concerning for Fitch in regards to Okami, who has spent the majority of his career at 185.
“Well, you know it’s one of those things where you try to put it out of your mind. I can’t stress myself or bother myself with fear that he’s not going to make weight,” he said. “I just gotta make sure that I’m on point, and I’ve had opponents miss weight before. I fought Thiago Alves and he was several pounds – the second time I fought him – he was several pounds overweight.
“When I fought Alfaya, he was overweight. We actually moved the weight to 185 because Dennis Hallman didn’t think that he was going to be able to make weight. He called me like at three in the morning the night before weigh-ins and said ‘hey man, I’m not going to make the weight’. And we jumped on a scale late night and we were comparatively close, and we said ‘fine, whatever. We’ll just make the weight 185 and make sure that the fight still happened’.”