Just like Jon Fitch found out not long ago, a winning record and years as a contender doesn’t ensure a position with the UFC, as Yushin Okami has reportedly been let go by the promotion.

According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, the UFC has confirmed with the outlet that Okami has been released, following his stoppage loss to “Jacare” Souza on September 4th. The defeat ended a three fight winning streak for Okami, which included victories over Buddy Roberts, Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard.

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In August, 2011, Okami worked his way into a title fight with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva, but was stopped in the second round. So, the 32 year-old exits the UFC having gone 13-5 in the Octagon, which includes wins over other noted vets like Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz and Mike Swick among others.┬áDespite his success, Okami’s grinding style didn’t always thrill the MMA masses, which may have been a consideration in the UFC’s decision.

Due to his accomplishments and lengthy run with the UFC, one would think Okami will find work soon with another big stage promotion.

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