Two week's ago, we reported that leading mixed martial arts promotion UFC has cut Japanese contender Yushin "Thunder" Okami, a fighter with the anime/manga notoriety of having inspired the the appearance of one of Attack on Titan's most important giants. With a pretty quick turn around, the middle weight (185 pound) fighter has found new employment, albeit with a lower profile promotion.
Over the weekend, World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo announced that the year old American promotion had signed Okami. Okami will make his WSOF debut "around March" 2014, however, a specific date and opponent hasn't been finalized.
Okami had amassed a 3-2 record since losing his title shot against Anderson Silva at August 2011's UFC 134.
The exact reasons for the move have not been publicly disclosed, but are believed to be as a result of Okami's counter-fighting style, which is not viewed as exciting by casual fans, and his inability to drawn an audience.
SPOILERS for first quarter of anime....
Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama said "Thunder" was the visual inspiration for a key titan. Specifically, he's the model for Eren's titan form. Isayama is quoted as saying "For the Titan version of Eren, I use martial artist Yushin Okami’s body as a model. My ideal is the physique of a middleweight mixed martial artist. I only use the shape of the body as a model."
World Series of Fighting's next event is scheduled for October 26 in Coral Gables, Florida, to be headlined by Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl for the promotion's inaugural welterweight title.