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Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto Dead At 41

September 18, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Norifumi Yamamoto

The official Twitter account of Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto has announced that the MMA fighter has passed away at the age of 41. The post thanked fans for their support and asked for privacy for his family at this time. Yamamoto announced that he had cancer last month.

Yamamoto’s career started in 2001 in Japan, where he competed as a featherweight before moving to lightweight. He competed in Shooto, K-1 and Hero’s, starting with a 17-1 run, including 14 wins in a row and ten stoppages. He beat fighters like Bibano Fernandes, Rani Yahya, Genki Sudo, Caol Uno and Jeff Curran. After a split decision loss to Joe Warren in May 2009 as part of the DREAM featherweight tournament quarterfinals, Yamamoto went on a streak of five losses in six fights.

He arrived in the UFC in 2011, losing to Demetrious Johnson at bantamweight at UFC 126, then Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on FOX 1. A few months later he competed at UFC 144 in Japan but lost to Vaughan Lee. He eventually returned at UFC 184 in February 2015, where his fight with Roman Salazar was declared a no contest due to an errant eye poke. He was booked for two more fights but backed out due to injuries.

Overall, he was only knocked out once and submitted only once. He had fifteen total wins by stoppage.

411 would like to give our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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