Okami Surprised By Sylvia's Quick Tap & "American Style"

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DCRage
2/6/08 1:54:54PM
While impressed with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's performance. Yushin Okami also said he was surprised how quick Tim Sylvia gave up and perhaps took a veiled cheap shot too, saying "it seems the American style".

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Aaronno9
2/6/08 2:09:08PM
Haha. Pitty this american style he speaks of didnt come into play when he had ace in that kimura for however long it was, i didnt see any tapping there.
Pookie
2/6/08 2:18:46PM

Posted by aaronno9

Haha. Pitty this american style he speaks of didnt come into play when he had ace in that kimura for however long it was, i didnt see any tapping there.



dont go too hard on him, or he might just commit Hara-kiri... its the "japanese style" after all.... stereotypes are bad. Not cool okami.... not cool.
gartface
2/6/08 2:29:37PM
I like Okami, but that was rather dumb to say that the American Style is to tap early.
GermanWolf
2/6/08 2:35:33PM
Maybe Okami should watch the Frye-Shamrock fight and see some American Style.

I'd love to see if Yushin could sit in a fully locked on heelhook for a couple of minutes.
mrsmiley
2/6/08 2:48:59PM
Don't know why in the hell he would say that,but lets see big Nog get him in a guillotine and count how long he last.
bullettdodger
2/6/08 2:54:41PM
Im still trying to decide if this was smart or not... Yushin is polarizing himself in an attempt to get more media exposure... more media exposure=more money... more money=more time to do nothing but focus on training... so this could be good for him. The only thing is he has just insulted an entire country of fighters, and we're all going to be rooting against him now, but will it get him more fights based on the fact that most of us are going to hate him now. Thats the question, if the answer is yes then i think this smack talk was a good move. Time will tell.
wrona666
2/6/08 2:55:50PM
My first thought was that he tapped very quickly, but when i saw the replay and seen how deep that choke was if he didnt tap he would have been passed out within a matter of seconds....
Jujiden
2/6/08 3:11:47PM

Posted by bullettdodger

Im still trying to decide if this was smart or not... Yushin is polarizing himself in an attempt to get more media exposure... more media exposure=more money... more money=more time to do nothing but focus on training... so this could be good for him. The only thing is he has just insulted an entire country of fighters, and we're all going to be rooting against him now, but will it get him more fights based on the fact that most of us are going to hate him now. Thats the question, if the answer is yes then i think this smack talk was a good move. Time will tell.





Okami is a bulldog of a fighter. I think he has drawn his line in the sand and has issued a challenge to other fighters in the UFC. Okami isn't a joke and he knows that. In my opinion, he's one of the hardest working fighters in the game along with Jon Fitch and GSP. Let him talk. Even though I'm American, it makes me like him even more.

WAR Okami!!!
DustinT
2/6/08 3:42:20PM
hell with that.
go get um Tanner.
StevenSeagal
2/6/08 4:04:50PM
It looked to me that the choke was scraping the windpipe... Not only does it suck that u cant breath, but the way he rolls the choke past the Adam's Apple makes u feel like ur throat is going to explode... This is taught in most all BJJ schools. Roll the choke baby
gartface
2/6/08 4:09:00PM
Did Gomi not tap to that American done Gogoplata?
MMAnomale
2/6/08 4:34:00PM
I'm sorry but didn't Tim Sylvia get his arm snapped in half by Frank Mir and still didn't tap, and as a matter of fact, was mad that they stopped the fight. Granted, it was probably still numb and he would definately feal it more once the adrenaline wears off. But still, he didn't tap then. Okami can keep running his mouth about the "American Style" but he still can't beat Franklin, an American.
cmill21
2/6/08 5:49:26PM
I know the japanese are loved for being warriors and fighting till the bitter end but he can talk when Nog has him in a guillotine, I bet it doesn't feel good with a man that strong and experienced trying to pop your head off.
telnights
2/6/08 6:17:59PM
He must still be mad about losing the war.
Pookie
2/6/08 6:24:48PM

Posted by telnights

He must still be mad about losing the war.



...i think when the bomb dropped, it landed on his face. Look at the ugly mug of his, he's just whiny cause he cant get no tail in america
Hardcastle
2/6/08 6:45:52PM
okami needs to finish a ******* fight before he runs his mouth about anyone, especially an "american" like big tim who probably had the highest pain tolerance i've ever seen in MMA. if they continued that clip of mir busting his arm in half then okami could have seen him get up and insist he was fine and try to keep fighting with his arm torn to pieces before herb dean tells him its over. he didn't even seem to notice he had a new joint in his forearm.

so yeah, maybe end a fight before the bell before you criticize anyone's style pal. and getting your face kicked off by anderson silva doesn't count. ha.
jdp1975
2/6/08 6:59:50PM
you guys are bad mouthin the only guy in the ufc that has a win over anderson silva!!! oh wait anderson got dq'd. put okami in with anderson and see if he has american style.



DustinT
2/6/08 7:18:32PM
where's the tanner support here guys?
come on now.
tberg420
2/6/08 8:13:42PM
I'm not really sure who Okami is? Is he the guy that won a fight by DQ because his head got kicked into the 15th Row? Not real sure who he is or why he's going on about American Style. Guess someone needs to be known.
chubbud22
2/6/08 8:23:21PM
\WAR TANNER
quezocrema0032
2/6/08 10:42:01PM
Tanner is gona make him eat those words
NeaRMisS
2/7/08 12:27:51AM

Posted by MMAnomale

I'm sorry but didn't Tim Sylvia get his arm snapped in half by Frank Mir and still didn't tap, and as a matter of fact, was mad that they stopped the fight. Granted, it was probably still numb and he would definately feal it more once the adrenaline wears off. But still, he didn't tap then. Okami can keep running his mouth about the "American Style" but he still can't beat Franklin, an American.



Steriods are amazing for pain I hear.
TimW001
2/7/08 1:06:06AM
candynuts
2/7/08 2:10:21AM
Hah, just when I thought Okami was the most underrated fighters and that he was never really talked about... he goes off and says this.

At least we know you know Yushin.
EliasG
6/29/08 3:16:39PM
Americans are the biggest talkers...in everything...we love when fighters talk trash. Japanese fans hate it when fighters talk trash and see it as disrespectful (for the most part). All it is, is a Japanese fighter talking trash...that just makes him more american, gets him more pub, puts his name out there (most americans do't know him), and makes people want to see him. For all we know his agent and publicist TOLD him to say this so that a little known Japanese fighter could get some face time.
Figsak
6/29/08 4:56:44PM
I think that statement was taken way out of context. Also think the statements about "the bomb" landing on his face, and them being mad about losing the war was taking to a whole other level it didn't need to be taken...

I've heard plenty of ppl talk about how the Japanese has big hearts but weak chins, and I've heard it said before by AMERICAN pride commentators how the Japanese fighters tend to spend more time refusing to tap to hopeless positions, and how in comparison that is different than the American fighters who will tap when they know they're not getting out.

I don't see Okami's statement as an insult, I think it's just a widely felt perception that American fighters are smarter about when it's time to tap and not take potentially career ending injurys for no reason.

EliasG
6/29/08 11:34:15PM
truth. I've also heard Joe Rogan say, "the japanese are wierd" on a national telecast and no one got mad about it. The japanese fan loves the fighter who has more heart even if they lose. the american fan wants heart but prefers a winner. If you lose too much in America...you get thrown out with the trash.

Unless you are a Gatti or Ward fan. Or a Paz fan. Or a tito fan. (I'm not but that guy still has more fans than almost any other dude in mma).
Figsak
6/30/08 12:27:08AM
Yep. Americans don't understand the mindset of the average Japanese MMA fan.

Japanese organizations tend to showcase fighters with losing records on a regular basis simply because they put on a good show (they love flashy entrances) and because they have gigantic heart. They fight anyone, at any weight, at any time, multiple times a day if need be.

I was shocked when I first started watching Pride a few years ago to learn they have cross weight class fights, and tournements where fighters fight 4-5 times in 1 night.

Most American fighters are too concerned with their records, and would NEVER risk a blemish by fighting a guy 2 weight classes above them, or fighting 4-5 times a night.

THIS is why Japanese fighters are warriors.
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