Apparently thunder negates lighting. Yushin Okami (29-7) has continued to land in the win column, as he gets the victory in his home country against knockout artist Hector Lombard (32-4-1).
After eating a few shorts from his opponent, Okami quickly switched to grappler mode, taking Lombard down early. Grinding his opponent, relentlessly, you could see the energy of Lombard slowly diminish. By the third, Lombard realized it was time to swing for the fences and did so with some success. Okami was out on his feet early in the round, but able to shake it off. Lombard was able to capitalize on a faded Okami, as he takes half guard. Okami would spend a good time on his back, but is able to get back standing. A failed shoot for Okami turned into guard, where he would spend the rest of the fight.
Yushin Okami defeats Hector Lombard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Okami has now put together three-straight in the octagon, looking to once again be among the elite in the division. Losing to champ Anderson Silva in Aug. 2011 and following up with a loss to Tim Boetsch after winning three-rounds, Okami looked to be on a bad skid. Since then “Thunder” has looked to have turned a corner, training with the likes of current light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen.