Okami returns to Octagon replaing Rua against St. Preux at UFC Fight Night

Yushin Okami
Yushin Okami

After three years away from the Octagon Yushin Okami gets his chance to return at UFC Fight Night 117 by taking on #6 ranked Ovince St. Preux.  Originally St. Preux was signed to fight #5 ranked Mauricio Rua, Okami is taking this fight on a one-week notice.  UFC Fight Night 117 takes place September 23rd at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan with one prelim webcast at UFC Fight Pass, four prelims and the six-fight main card broadcast on FXX.

Ovince St. Preux

Yushin Okami’s last fight in the Octagon was in September 2013 when he lost to Ronaldo Souza by TKO.  In 2014 Okami signed to WSOF where he went 2-2 before that promotion became PFL and Okami picked up another win while also picking up two wins in Japan between WSOF bouts.  Now on a four-fight win streak Okami is coming off a unanimous decision over Andre Lobato at PFL 2 in July.  20-10 Ovince St. Preux earned the #6 ranking despite going 1-3 in the past year-and-a-half.  After defeated Rafael Cavalcante in February 2016 St. Preux took three straight losses against Jon Jones, #4 ranked Jimi Manuwa, and #2 ranked Volkan Oezdemir before turning his career around with a Von Flue choke of unranked Marcos Rogerio de Lima in April.

The co-main event in the women’s strawweight division features #1 ranked Claudia Gadelha fighting #4 ranked Jessica Andrade.  Andrade lost her shot at the title against Joanna Jedrejczyk in July 2016 then followed up with wins over #12 ranked Cortney Casey and #2 ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz.  In her 15-2 career both her losses were to Jedrzejczyk with both being by judges’ decision.  16-6 Andrade is 7-4 in the Octagon.  After defeating Jessica Penne, #13 ranked Joanne Calderwood, and Angela Hill Andrade earned a shot against Jedrzejczyk which she lost by unanimous decision in May.

Prelims at UFC Fight Pass

  • WW: Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

Prelims on FXX

  • WW: Shinisho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • W Strawweight: Syuri Kondo vs. Chan-Mi Jeon
  • Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • WW: Keita Nakamura vs. Alex Morono

Main card

  • FW: Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • FW: Teruto Ishihara vs. Rolando Dy
  • LHW: Gokhan Saki vs. Henrique da Silva
  • TLW: Takanori Gomi vs. Dong Hyun Kim
  • W Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade
  • LHW: Ovince St. Preux vs. Yushin Okami