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In Case You Forgot: Kid Yamamoto Makes His UFC Debut This Saturday

(Yamamoto def. Federico ‘Kiko’ Lopez via KO, 1:41 of round 1, 5/29/10)

It’s a sad state of affairs when one of the greatest featherweight fighters of all time can arrive in the UFC with virtually zero fanfare, buried on a preliminary card dark-match against a young contender. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto enters the Octagon for the first time this Saturday at UFC 126, and while that would have been a major story three years ago, times have changed. 

Yamamoto made his name in K-1′s MMA shows as a lightning-fast knockout artist, but his reputation took a major hit in 2008-2009, when he followed-up a long knee-injury layoff with two decision losses against Joe Warren and Masanori Kanehara. (He also divorced his hot wife in 2009. So, bad times all around.) Last year, Yamamoto dropped to bantamweight for the first time in his career to face journeyman Federico Lopez at Dream.14. Showing flashes of his old self, he finished the fight in less than two minutes, crumpling Lopez with a right hook and smashing him with shots on the ground until the ref intervened.

Of course, it’s too early to say that the Kid is "back" — his opponent, Demetrious Johnson, is a tough customer who’s looked impressive in his last two wins in the WEC, and having a successful Octagon debut is easier said than done. Can Yamamoto jump-start his career in the U.S., or is it too late for him to make an impact? Check out some of his greatest victories after the jump, and remember the good times…

(Yamamoto def. Rani Yahya via TKO, 3:11 of round 2, 12/31/07)

(Yamamoto def. Kazuyuki Miyata via KO, 0:04 of round 1, 5/3/06)

(Yamamoto def. Genki Sudo via TKO, 4:39 of round 1, 12/31/05)

(Yamamoto def. Royler Gracie via KO, 0:38 of round 2, 9/7/05)

(Yamamoto def. Jadamba Narantungalag via KO, 1:55 of round 1, 10/13/04)

(Yamamoto def. Caleb Mitchell via KO, 0:40 of round 1, 9/5/03)

(Yamamoto def. Tetsuo Katsuta via TKO, 2:45 of round 1, 9/16/02 — the infamous "Kid won’t stop hitting that guy" fight)

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Magic Wandy- February 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm
Seems like the Shinya Aoki type dick. lol
Smitty- February 1, 2011 at 11:23 am
@ Poison_tree
Do you have Spike? The prelims are free bro.
Videodrome_NOW- February 1, 2011 at 9:34 am
I got Johnson in this, mainly because I think Kid will not perform to his abilities in his first UFC fight.
Poison_tree- February 1, 2011 at 9:30 am
He does look and is clearly a nasty dude, but not everyone can be as happy and nice as Urijah faber, i wont see his fight anyway cuz hes not on the main card :(

ahh well, he does seem good at KOing people
PERPATRAITOR- February 1, 2011 at 9:28 am
I hate that he "tko'd" genki :( but otherwise it's nice to have a little guy with Ko power. Dude needs to stay offensive to win. Well see how he does without shoes! I think He'll climb the ufc quick with his takedown defense and ko power.
Bringbackbabalu- February 1, 2011 at 9:27 am
In case you forgot, it isn't 2007. Nobody care's about Kid Yamamoto fighting on an undercard fight he will very likely lose, that nobody will even see...oh, and where is the love for Omigawa? Omigawa IS fighting Mendes, with Mendes probably getting a shot if he wins, and when he loses cause Omigawa is gonna Judorape him, we just might have a new Japanese contender at 145.
RwilsonR- February 1, 2011 at 9:11 am
Unfortunately, this happened way too late to get excited about. I would have been drooling over Kid vs. Faber in 2006-2007.
Turd Furgeson- February 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

I see. Thanks for helping clear things up.

From what I saw, he did have a pretty poor attitude. Maybe he'll start wreckin dudes, and that'll make up for it.
ben- February 1, 2011 at 8:36 am
@jimbonics: My bad...the link is now fixed.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 1, 2011 at 8:35 am
I wouldn't mind seeing Kid return to his shit-ruining ways. He was exciting as all hell to watch.
ArmFarmer- February 1, 2011 at 8:22 am
Why does every single fight video posted on this site have the results directly underneath it? I know they are old, but for the random fight that gets posted that you've never seen... or the ones that happened the day before that you missed.. it would be nice to be able to watch it without seeing the outcome before you even hit play.

@turd furg

I'm pretty sure he's just a dick. I think one of the times he did that his excuse was that the guy had said he thought he could beat him so he had to teach him a lesson.
blackboxmma- February 1, 2011 at 8:12 am
im putting all of my potato chips on Johnson
Turd Furgeson- February 1, 2011 at 7:59 am
I'm currently on my wireless device, and am unable to view any of the videos posted above, so I went to Youtube to watch one of Kid's highlight videos. Now I'm not very familiar with Kid, not having watched many of his fights, but it seems to me that he rather enjoys continuing to hit folks after the ref has called the fight.

I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and say,"Well, maybe those fools were crackin' wise bout his mama before the fight.." instead of automatically writing him off as a big ol' douche. If anybody could shed some light on this for me, it would be much appreciated.
jimbonics- February 1, 2011 at 7:57 am
I just want to see the hot wife, which for some reason I cannot.