UFC President Dana White recently announced through his Twitter account that the UFC has picked up the services of another talented bantamweight in Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto.
It was also recently revealed that the UFC had acquired the services of Japanese judoka Michihiro Omigawa.
Yamamoto is a Japanese mixed martial artist and has spent a good portion of his career fighting as a featherweight, though he will compete in the UFC’s newly absorbed bantamweight class.
Getting his start under MMA veteran Enson Inoue, Yamamoto has established a reputation as one of the most talented fighters under 155-pounds in the world. He holds a record of 18-3 and has defeated the likes of Caol Uno, Jeff Curran, Royler Gracie, Genki Sudo, Bibiano Fernandes, and Rani Yahya.
“Kid” is rumored to be facing Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at UFC 126 this Febraury 5th in Las Vegas.
The 33-year old has a background in freestyle wrestling and, in 2008, he took a hiatus from MMA to represent Japan in the Beijing Olympics in freestyle wrestling. Yamamoto started off strong, but was eventually forced out of the competition with a dislocated elbow.
He recently snapped a two-fight losing streak (decision defeats to Joe Warren and Masanori Kanehara) by defeating Federico Lopez by knockout.
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