Yushin Okami out-classed Tim Boetsch for two rounds before Boetsch stormed back for what is appropriately being dubbed as one of the greatest comebacks in history.
Known for his brute strength is two different weight divisions, Boetsch was able to push Okami up against the fence early in the third round and then finish the job with a brutal series of powerful uppercuts.
As a top-five ranked middleweight, Okami had been performing appropriately and beating Boetsch up as the bell rang to signal the end of the second.
In between rounds, UFC translators indicated a lack of urgency in Okami's corner. His trainers were merely saying that Okami could go for the finish if he felt like it and that they trusted him. A nice, obvious, vote of support, but yet a bit complacent for a high-profile professional mixed martial arts fight.
In Boetsch's corner, however, the trainers were stressing how he could still win the fight and finish Okami if he got after it. That is exactly what he did.
Boetsch came out in the third round like a man possessed, putting the pressure on Okami immediately.
Instead of trying to push through the flurry and impose his will, Okami tried to weather the storm and he paid dearly for it.
Boetsch's heart and determination where a thing that even the pro-Okami crowd celebrated. They roared with approval as Boetsch orchestrated one of the most memorable come-from-behind knockouts in history.
Anything can happen in MMA, and Boetsch's inspiring third-round performance is a reminder to all that the fight is never over until you hear the beautiful voice of Bruce Buffer.
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