While UFC 126 offers some exciting match-ups, a fight pitting former champions, budding contenders, and a title fight, there was one fight that I felt that was getting highly overlooked.
But, the UFC being the fan-friendly organization that it is made things right, as a preliminary bantamweight bout will now be streamed live and free on Facebook. While most casual fans are still largely unaware of this Japanese star, come Saturday night everyone will know who “Kid” Yamamoto is.
The owner of one of the best highlight reels in the sport, Norifumi made a name for himself in his native Japan by defeating larger opponents in devastating fashion. Now finally in the UFC fold, the DREAM veteran will be taking on arguably one of his toughest challenges to date, ironically enough in a man dubbed “Mighty Mouse”.
The organization recently took to their Facebook account, where they officially announced the addition of the 135-pound contest, which features the aforementioned Yamamoto and budding contender Demetrious Johnson at “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The preliminary bout is so far the only bout that has been announced to be aired on Facebook, while other prelim fights featuring Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa, and Donald Cerrone taking on Paul Kelly will be televised on the special “UFC Prelims Live” featurette which will be broadcasting on Spike TV.
Norifumi is recently coming off of a knockout victory, which helped snap a two-fight skid. Yamamoto finished off the unheralded Federico Lopez at DREAM 14 last May, which took all but 1:41 of the first-round. The mounting losses were close decision defeats which came at the hands of current Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren and former Sengoku titleholder Masanori Kanehara.
Demetrious, meanwhile has bounced back from his first career defeat at the hands of Brad Pickett, by racking up consecutive victories over the likes of Nick Pace and most recently Damacio Page–who at the time was a top contender to the bantamweight title before Johnson derailed the Greg Jackson product with a third-round guillotine choke. The 24-year-old went 2-1 whilst his time spent with the WEC, before the organization was assimilated with the UFC.
So, MMA peeps, what do you make of the upcoming bout? Trust me when I say this will not be a fight you want to miss, especially since the Japanese wrestling star is donning a new fashionable Mohawk–very sheik. Sound off in the comment section below.