UFC 144 Results: What We Learned from Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2012

Okami and Boetsch at UFC 144 weigh-ins. Esther Lin, via sbnation.com
Okami and Boetsch at UFC 144 weigh-ins. Esther Lin, via sbnation.com

What a comeback!

Tim Boetsch knocked out Yushin Okami in the third round at UFC 144 in what was one of the greatest come-from-behind victories in UFC history.

Okami was able to control the first two rounds, decisively out-striking and out-grappling Boetsch. Heading into the third, it seemed like a certain victory for the former title contender.

However, Boetsch followed his corner's instructions—"Be really aggressive"—perfectly, swarming Okami at the beginning of the third round and eventually earning the knockout.


What We'll Remember About This Fight

The comeback/finish.

Plainly put, it was one of the coolest moments in the history of the sport.

No one saw it coming and people went crazy when it happened.


What We Learned About Yushin Okami

Despite the loss tonight, Okami did look good and it was apparent that he's been working on his striking.

Throughout most of the fight, Okami was able to control the stand-up using a stiff jab and showed improved kicks as well. His grappling also looked solid, as he was able to take Boetsch down with relative ease and advance to dominant positions.

Okami fought well, but he took his eyes off the prize and Boetsch took advantage.


What We Learned About Tim Boetsch

Boetsch might have what it takes to be a contender in the middleweight division.

If it had been a more dominant victory, I would say he is definitely a contender, but it was a relatively lackluster performance from Boetsch until he got the finish.

That said, Boetsch is now just the second man to finish Okami in the UFC and that's a big deal.

Boetsch might not have the skill set that a lot of top contenders do, but if he learns to trust in his power, he could very well be a force at 185 lbs.


What's Next for Yushin Okami

Michael Bisping, Demian Maia or the winner of Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dolloway are all possibilities.


What's Next for Tim Boetsch

Mark Munoz, Chris Weidman or the loser of Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort.


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