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According to Dana White, Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto Has Signed with the UFC

(Wait, you guys FIGHT in this thing?)

Earlier this week, Dana White mentioned that his promotion was in talks to add Japanese featherweight Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto to the mix of the UFC’s top notch 145-pound class.

Well, according to the UFC president, the popular 33-year-old Japanese fighter has come to terms with the Zuffa-owned organization.

White tweeted the news last night.

Despite being an unremarkable 1-2 in his last three outings, Yamamoto (18-3 1 NC), who has fought Stateside twice has built a solid career competing mostly in Japan. He holds a number of impressive wins over a number of notable opponents including Royler Gracie, Rani Yahya, Caol Uno, Genki Sudo and current DREAM featherweight champ Bibiano Fernandes.

Although the Baldfather didn’t say when Kid will make his Octagon debut, expect him to be part of the UFC’s planned 2011 move into the Asian market.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/doctordroobee)

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GSP for Prime Minister- December 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm
kid VS nam phan.. guaranteed at least ONE asian brotha will get some love.. unless it turns out to be a draw..
LOKI- December 10, 2010 at 11:57 am
Machida is halfa jap and until Shogun sacrificed his first born and both knees to the gods of chaos Machida was 'unbeatable'. And even Shogun took 2 tries to seal the deal.

But, point taken. Pure-blood yellow-men are ironically poor at martial arts.
ReX13- December 10, 2010 at 11:55 am
Update:  They're looking at Yamamoto vs Demetrious Johnson for UFC 126.
Stak40- December 10, 2010 at 11:47 am
I am with the haters on this one. There has yet to be a Japanese fighter to come to the UFC and dominate. Dont think "kid" will be any different, however i am sure he will probably have some brutal finishes on a few nobodies before he is irrelevant.
LOKI- December 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
HA! Fuckin' A.
Fried Taco- December 10, 2010 at 11:34 am
Great, another asian in the UFC for the judges to screw over.
glassjawsh- December 10, 2010 at 11:14 am
@ NOTSOB - tell that to yushin okami
Koeikan- December 10, 2010 at 11:11 am
Jesus... I can't believe there are more complainers than people who are excited.

Yes, a few years ago would have been ideal... but this still means we get to see Kid in the UFC! I don't about you bitches, but I like watching that fucker fight.
NOTSOB- December 10, 2010 at 11:05 am
i dont think asians(japanese) can compete in america, like who cant beat bisping? akiyama sure cant. sooooo i dont think he has a chance in the ufc. like gomi.
steampunk22- December 10, 2010 at 11:04 am

"Point of no return" - Immortal Technique
Cup Cheick- December 10, 2010 at 10:51 am
Agreed Rex.
ReX13- December 10, 2010 at 10:45 am
Screw you guys, i dig it.
RwilsonR- December 10, 2010 at 10:42 am
This would have been awesome news 4 years ago!
Goog- December 10, 2010 at 10:39 am
Fuck this guy. The 3:30 mark tells me all I need to know. He threw 13 punches at an barely conscious opponent after the ref tried to stop it. Held on to a choke at the 5:50 mark and made sure to step on or over everyone after the stop. Not to mention being yesterday's news.

May your stay be blief and the head punches have ringering effects, Mini Gang-stuh.
glassjawsh- December 10, 2010 at 10:37 am
sweet! now we can watch him slowly get grapplefucked to death over the next 2 years (just like they are doing with omigawa v mendes)

also im pretty sure he's going to be a bantamweight, not a featherweight

edit: HOLY SHIT THAT FIRST SONG IS AWESOME!!!!1! (any clue who it is?)
DazedNConfused- December 10, 2010 at 10:22 am
What a Chigger. Had skills, but they're depleted. Hopefully this signing will reunite some passion in his gangster self. I'm sure he'll still provide excitement, and most importantly, a way into Asian homes.
Kid Clam Curtains- December 10, 2010 at 10:19 am
This would have been rad in 2006.
LOKI- December 10, 2010 at 10:18 am
Meh. What have you done for me lately?