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Video: Enson Inoue Sheds Light On Falling-Out With Ex-Brother-In-Law, Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto

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PRIDE veteran Enson Inoue sat down with recently for a candid interview and discussed everything from his fighting career and marijuana possession charges to his relationships with all of the Japanese Yakuza mafia families.

Inoue was asked about his tumultuous relationship with former brother-in-law Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and expounded on why their friendship went south.

Here’s Enson’s explanation in a nutshell:

Inoue, who got a Yakuza family off of Yamamoto’s back after Kid accidentally shot one of them in the face with an air pistol, turned Norifumi onto MMA after taking his wife’s younger brother in to live with the family so he could look out for him after the incident.

Norifumi was a talented wrestler with Olympic aspirations, but was expelled from school and put on one year probation by the heads of his wrestling program due to the administrators’ fear of Yakuza retribution and the knowledge of the incident becoming public. According to Inoue, he negotiated Kid’s contract with K-1, only to see Yamamoto breach the contract in favor of a more lucrative payday eight months later, which made Enson look foolish for vouching for him.

He says that until Kid removes himself from his current entourage of "viruses," which includes his father who is the biggest problem according to Inoue,  he will never reach his full potential as a fighter.

Definitely an interesting video and Inoue is candid in his recollections, which makes the stories that much more engrossing.

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muay.time- May 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm

great interveiw, kul att se att vi svenskar ocksa visar framfotterna i mma varlden!
SuckMyShinya- May 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Okay so I just watched all 75 minutes and 54 seconds of the full interview, and I gotta say its pretty interesting. Enson seems like a good dude.

Also - Spending time in jail for 16 grams of pot should be a crime!!
jaser- May 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Hey guys,

Cool that you liked our interview. This is the third part of a five part interview we had with Enson during a trip to Japan and Sengoku. You can watch the other parts at our website; They are all on the left side (on the bottom) of the mainpage.
Enson was a great guy, he took care of us like we were his family, really cool guy. He showed us around Tokyo and even made it possible for us to make an interview with a real Yakuza member :).
That interview is coming out after summer.

Peace from Sweden/Kimura
KingAtRock- May 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm
Very insightful stuff, almost felt like a documentary.
Haas- May 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm
I agree with ^^^^. They took Kerr back over and over again. I really miss the now old school fights from Japan. They were what attracted me to watching MMA on a constant basis.
snowden- May 3, 2010 at 9:16 am
I wouldn't really call the Japanese fans fickle, otherwise they would not have thrown their favorite fighters against the likes of Wanderlei and they would've stopped rooting for saku long ago. I'd say the Japanese fight fans are generally better, more understanding and often less drunk than their western counter parts.
Kintamachikara- May 3, 2010 at 8:43 am
I lived in Japan for 12 years.... prison for weed is very common. 1 dude got 5 years for a few seeds. an actress married to a yakuza guy got a few years for 0.2 grams of meth. equal to about 2 grains of sand. cops couldn't get the yak guy so they went after the wife.
Japan: I love it but it's seriously fooked up.
ReX13- May 3, 2010 at 8:12 am
You guys are missing the point:

Enson went to **prison** for **weed**.

MaximumSpaniard- May 3, 2010 at 8:03 am
I really do like Enson's way of looking at things, like what he said about money and fame and how it can get to your head. KID used to be one of the biggest stars in japanese MMA, but after two losses the fickle japanese fans are already turning on him. And somehow I don't see him as the type to save 2 million for a rainy day. I'm just sayin'.
nicey- May 3, 2010 at 7:32 am