Fighter Who Inspired "Attack on Titan" Fired By UFC

Some spoilers for the earlier part of anime, so if you're less than halfway through, you might want to skip this

This includes some spoilers for the earlier part of Attack on Titan, so if you're less than halfway through, you might want to skip this. Leading mixed martial arts promotion UFC has cut Japanese contender Yushin "Thunder" Okami from its roster after he 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.


Notable to anime fans, 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 Yūshin 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."

The armored titan is also noted to be a Frankenstein's monster of parts from fighters Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem and Wanderlei Silva.


Prior to his title fight the UFC was billing Okami as "the best fighter to ever come out of Japan." 

Some bonus MMA fighter costume digital cards from an old Konami game...

via Bloody Elbow

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

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