He essentially chocked it up to making room for young, up-and-coming stars by getting rid of aging veterans who lack signature victories inside the Octagon.
"It was the same thing when we were talking about (Fitch). You have to look at a guy," White said. "Yushin Okami's been there forever, and I've said many times I have nothing but respect for Yushin Okami. I think he's one of the best Japanese fighters ever. But a guy gets to a point where he becomes the gatekeeper, and they start to go on a skid.
"When I said this about Jon Fitch, all these f---ing idiot experts on the Internet and all over Twitter and everywhere else (were upset) – these guys are big experts, yet I've been doing this for 13 years," White continued.
White says the time has come for Okami to test himself outside the UFC, put a string of wins together and fight his way back into the promotion.
"It's time for Yushin Okami to go out and test himself outside the UFC, get some wins and maybe come back, and it's time for some other guys to fight in that division," White said. "Yushin Okami's had every opportunity in the world, taking on all the best. 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."
While Okami is ranked No. 7 in the world, the UFC is a business. What it comes down to is selling PPVs and putting fans in the seats.
Okami did neither for the promotion, so he was given a pink slip. The UFC wants to sign fighters that people are excited to watch, and Okami lacked a fan-friendly style.