Yushin Okami to Make ONE Championship Debut on May 3

Yushin Okami ONE Championship: For Honor
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Yushin Okami is set to make his ONE Championship debut against Kiamrian Abbasov on May 3 at ONE: For Honor in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The promotion announced in a press release that Japanese welterweight contender Yushin Okami will be making his debut for ONE Championship on May 3 in Indonesia against Kiamrian Abbasov. Okami will be headlining the MMA portion of the card while the main event of the evening will be a flyweight Muay Thai bout between Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Jonathan Haggerty which is part of the ONE Super Series.

Okami is best known for a seven-year stint in the UFC from 2006 to 2013 where he was a perennial contender in the middleweight division. During his run, he faced elite competition in former champion Rich Franklin, top contenders Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen, and Jacare Souza. His biggest fight came in 2011 when he challenged Anderson Silva for the middleweight championship in Brazil.

He was released from the promotion in 2013 and fought for several different promotions with mixed results. Following stints in the WSOF, PFL, Pancrase, and DEEP, Okami returned to the UFC in 2017 when he filled in to face Ovince Saint Preux on two weeks’ notice in a main event in Japan. He would go 1-2 and was released again following a loss to Alexey Kunchenko in December.

Kiamrian Abbasov (20-4) is currently on a two-fight win streak and is looking for his second victory in ONE Championship. He is best known for his success on the circuit in his native Kyrgyzstan as well as Tech-Krep FC.

ONE: For Honor is set to take place on May 3 at the Stadium Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.