Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney admits he heard the news that Okami was cut from the UFC, but he wasn't exactly jumping out of his chair to make an attempt at securing his services.
"I don't know," was the promoter's first response when asked if he would sign Okami.
Okami is currently ranked as No. 7 in the world in the middleweight ranks.
"I'm always interested in talented fighters, and at this stage, when there's really just two of us (promotions) out there, there's a lot of guys that have been here long-term for us that are now fighting in the UFC – I think by last count, 24 of them," Rebney said of Okami. "And there are surely a good number of UFC fighters that were under long-term (contracts) with them that are now here – 15 of them, I think. So I don't know.
"He's an entertaining fighter – obviously, has had a little bit of a skid as of late. But I really haven't given it much consideration. We've got the week-by-week (events). I'll go home and rest and see my wife for a few hours and go right back to work on Saturday. Tough question – haven't given it a lot of thought. I did hear about it because I'm on Twitter and I read everything, but I don't really have a definitive statement of a yay or a nay."
UFC boss Dana White said Okami will need to win a few fights outside the Octagon to earn a return trip to the Big Show.
"Yushin Okami's had every opportunity in the world, taking on all the best," White said. "He even got a title shot and didn't win. It is what it is. It's no different than the NFL, soccer or any other sport. There comes a time when a team moves on and does other things, no matter where the guy ranks."
As for Bellator, Rebney says the promotion is currently focused on its Season 9 tournament and its upcoming dip into pay-per-view.
"There are times during the year that open up where we've got a lot more flexibility to consider stuff, and there's other times where we're just like a train on the track," Rebney said.