Dana White confirms the UFC have signed Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto

UFC President, Dana White has revealed that the Las Vegas based promotion have added one of the most exciting Japanese stars, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto to their featherweight roster after completing negotiations a few weeks ago.

Whilst discussing the recent signing of other Japanese featherweight, Michihiro Omigawa, Dana let slip the news that a deal had been done with Yamamoto as well.

Interestingly it is expected Yamamoto’s debut could come as early as February or March, although he is featured on the Dynamite!! 2010 poster. This may mean he has one last obligation to fight for the Japanese based DREAM promotion before heading to the U.S.

“Kid” (18-3-1) is the winner of the K-1 Hero’s 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament and hold sthe Fastest Knockout in K-1 HEROS History (4 Seconds).

Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto (Yamamoto Norifumi, born March 15, 1977) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He is associated with Purebred Tokyo and Krazy Bee. He quickly gained popularity in the Shooto organization due to his aggressive, well-rounded style and controversial persona. He moved on to K-1 HERO’S, where he won the Middleweight tournament in December, 2005 after defeating Genki Sudo via a controversial TKO due to punches.

KID comes from a wrestling family with his father Ikuei Yamamoto representing Japan at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich and his sisters Miyu and Seiko both winning world championships in freestyle wrestling. KID received his education in the United States and wrestled at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona, capturing three state championships (with a third place finish as a freshman). He also trained briefly under Choi Mu Bae.

Yamamoto’s natural weight is 143 pounds. Though most mixed martial artists his size compete in the bantamweight division (135 lbs), many of his most significant fights have been in the lightweight division (155 lbs) as it was the lightest division in Hero’s.

Now competing in the UFC, Yamamoto is fighting in the featherweight division (145 lbs) which is closer to his natural weight.

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