In the co-main event of UFC on Versus 2 Yushin Okami showed superior striking and excellent takedown defense to claim a victory over Mark Munoz, though he wouldn’t get it all his own way during the fight.
In the opening round Okami looked the more confident striker and tagged Munoz several times. Meanwhile Munoz seemed tentative, perhaps struggling with Okami’s southpaw stance and superior reach. Sensing that his best chances of success lay with his wrestling Munoz began what would be a common theme throughout the fight – attempting to take his opponent to the mat, and more often than not failing.
While Munoz is far from being a technical striker he does possess heavy hands and in the second round he finally managed to connect with one of them, and dropped Okami to the canvas. Okami recovered quickly though and reversed the situation before Munoz could capitalize.
Despite finally being successful in the striking realm in the bout Munoz continued to pursue the takedown route for the remainder of the fight, which ultimately proved to be an unsuccessful strategy with Okami’s quick sprawl and excellent control proving to be his nemesis.
In the end it went to the judges scorecards, and perhaps somewhat surprisingly one judge gave Munoz the nod, but the other two wisely awarded Okami the split decision victory.
With this win Okami now goes 9-2 in his UFC career, and with Dana White having talked up his title chances earlier in the week the future looks increasingly bright for the Japanese star.
As for Munoz this was a somewhat disappointing end to his three fight unbeaten run and showed there’s still plenty of room for improvement in his game if he wants to be one of the best at 185lbs.