Okami is another fighter who seems to always pull up just short in big fights. In his last 22 matches, he has lost four: to Shields, Franklin, Sonnen, and his most recent championship fight against Silva.
With the growing possibility of Silva retiring, a win over Boestch and/or a loss for Silva against Sonnen could put him right back in the title picture.
In that case, however unlikely, we could see a rematch between Munoz and Okami (having won a split decision over Munoz just three fights ago). A win there could set up another crack at Sonnen for a title. A loss to Munoz would then possibly give us the fight we were supposed to see at UFC on Fox 2.
I realize there are a lot of "possibles" and "if..." situations there. But it's a testament to the possibilities surrounding the near future in the middleweight division.
Boetsch is looking for his chance to gain mention as a prospective contender. Going 2-0 in wins over Kendall Grove and Nick Ring since dropping to MW isn't really anything to get excited about yet. But a win over Okami may create some buzz and would surely secure him another fight against a top 10 MW.
If you can get past the idea of the MW division being "weak" in the shadow of such a dominant champion, the middleweight picture is full of potential.