UFC President Dana White confirmed the signing of another Japanese MMA standout via Twitter, announcing that the promotion has signed Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3).
Yesterday, news broke that the UFC had signed another top Japanese MMA fighter: featherweight contender Michihiro Omigawa.
Long considered one of the best smaller fighters in the world, Kid’s career has hit a rough patch. After nearly two years away from the sport, Kid returned to MMA at DREAM 9 against a then-relatively unknown Joe Warren (6-1). Warren, who surprised many by advancing to the finals of the DREAM featherweight grand prix, went on to become the Bellator 145-pound champion.
MMAWeekly.com is now reporting that Kid will face Demetrius Johnson in a bantamweight fight at UFC 126.