The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been working overtime to secure a long list of talent for the lighter weight classes. With the merger of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting set to happen in 2011, many big names have been added to the organization. Earlier this week it was announced that Japanese star Michihiro Omigawa had resigned with the UFC. To go along with this acquisition, another big name has been signed from the land of the West.
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3) is coming to the UFC. Yamamoto can be considered one of the biggest names to step out of Japan. At one point in his career, Yamamoto had a 14 fight win streak that spanned nearly seven years. Recently he has been fighting outside of his weight class and has suffered two defeats in a row for the first time in his career. Yamamoto is well known for his knockout power, as he has secured 13 of his 18 victories by knockout. Many of those in dramatic fashion; five of his knockouts have come in under one minute of competition.
Plans are for Yamamoto to face Demetrious Johnson early next year. Johnson is 7-1 in his mixed martial arts career which includes a 2-1 record in the WEC. At WEC 52, Johnson submitted Damacio Page by guillotine choke.
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