The UFC today announced that a bantamweight tilt scheduled for UFC 135 between Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Damacio Page has been scrapped after both men suffered injuries during their training camps.
Once considered to be one of the very best featherweights in the world, Kid Yamamoto has stumbled in recent outings, putting together a 1-3 record in his last four outings. Yamamoto dropped to bantamweight following two decision losses — to Joe Warren and Masanori Kanehara, respectively — and found success in his first bout at 135lbs., taking out Federico Lopez via first round knockout at Dream.14. Once the UFC absorbed the WEC and implemented the bantam- and featherweight classes, Yamamoto was brought over to try his luck in the big leagues. He made his debut in the promotion this past February at UFC 126, dropping a unanimous decision to Demetrious Johnson.
Yamamoto was to face Chris Cariaso this past May, but also pulled out of that fight with an injury.
A WEC carryover, Damacio Page has also posted mixed results in his last few outings. The 30-year-old Greg Jackson team member has gone 3-3 in his last six, with two losses to Brian Bowles and a defeat to Demetrious Johnson balancing out with wins over Scott Jorgensen, Will Campuzano and Marcos Galvao. After losing to Johnson via guillotine choke in his last WEC bout, Page was unable to make good on his UFC debut, losing to Bowles for the second time via first round guillotine choke.
It has been revealed that Page has injured his neck and will require surgery before he gets an opportunity to turn things around in a second UFC fight.
UFC 135 will take place on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.