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18-6-0

Norifumi Yamamoto

Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto

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  • Given Name: 山本徳郁, Yamamoto Norifumi (Okabe)
  • Professional MMA Record: 18-6-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: KID
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 37 | Date of Birth: 1977.03.15
  • Last Fight: February 25, 2012 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: KRAZY BEE
  • Height: 5'4" (163cm) | Reach: 66.0" (168cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $30,000 USD
  • Born: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Tokyo, Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

Norifumi Yamamoto Wiki Update Wiki

Beginning his professional career for the famed Shooto organization, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto earned a reputation as one of the most explosive Japanese fighters in any weight class after compiling a stellar 17-1 record and defeating Jeff Curran, Royler Gracie, Caol Uno, Genki Sudo, Bibiano Fernandes, and Rani Yahya in that span. With only three of his career wins coming by way of Decision, Yamamoto was one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world until back-to-back decision losses to Joe Warren and Masanori Kanehara following a string of severe leg injuries damaged his reputation. In addition to winning the K-1 HERO’s 2005 Middlweight Grand Prix in 2005, Yamamoto also holds the record for the fastest knockout in K-1 history, and one of the fastest knockouts in recorded MMA history, when he defeated Kazuyuki Miyata four seconds into the first round with a flying knee.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:59 PM ET
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Norifumi Yamamoto Bantamweight Ranking History

Norifumi Yamamoto MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Ivan Menjivar UFC 165 2013.09.21
Reason: Yamamoto Injury
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:29 Round 1 of 3
Vaughan Lee
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg
2012.02.25
Odds: -320 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
#16 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC 144 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Darren Uyenoyama
Ref: Larry Landless
UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
2011.11.12
Odds: -420 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Damacio Page UFC 135 2011.09.24
Reason: Both Fighters Injured
Cancelled Bout Chris Cariaso UFC 130 2011.05.28
Reason: Yamamoto Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Demetrious Johnson
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
2011.02.05
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:41 Round 1 of 3
Federico Lopez
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
Dream 14
Main Card | Catchweight | 60 kg
2010.05.29
Odds: -1450 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 131.6 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total
Masanori Kanehara
Ref: Yuji Shimada
Fields Dynamite!! 2009
Main Card | Featherweight
2009.12.31
Odds: -475 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 137.5 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Joe Warren
Ref: Yuji Shimada
Dream 9: Featherweight GP 2009 Second Round
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 63 kg
2009.05.26
Odds: -550 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 137.1 lbs
#48 Biggest Upset of All Time
Cancelled Bout Joseph Benavidez Dream 5 2008.07.21
Reason: Yamamoto Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes Rani Yahya
K-1 : Premium 2007 Dynamite!! 2007.12.31
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Bibiano Fernandes
K-1: HERO'S Tournament Final
Co-Main Event
2007.09.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:46 Round 1 of 3
Istvan Majoros
Fields Dynamite!! 2006
Main Card | Featherweight
2006.12.31
Odds: -1500 Huge Favorite
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
0:04 Round 1 of 2
Kazuyuki Miyata
K-1 : HERO'S 5
Main Event
2006.05.03
#88 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Genki Sudo
K-1 : Premium 2005 Dynamite!! 2005.12.31
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:04 Round 2 of 2, 9:04 Total
Caol Uno
K-1 : HERO'S 3
Main Event
2005.09.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:38 Round 2 of 2, 5:38 Total
Royler Gracie
K-1 : HERO'S 3
Main Card
2005.09.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:23 Round 3 of 3, 11:23 Total
Ian James Schaffa
K-1 : HERO'S 2
Main Event
2005.07.06
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Jadamba Narantungalag
K-1 : World Max 2004 2004.10.13
Win | Submission | Armlock Kazuya Yasuhiro
K-1 MAX : World Grand Prix 2004 Final 2004.07.07
Win | Submission | Choke Tony Valente
K-1 MAX : World Grand Prix 2004 Opening Round 2004.04.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Caleb Mitchell
Shooto : 9/5 in Korakuen Hall 2003.09.05
Win | Decision | Unanimous Jeff Curran
Icon Sport: SuperBrawl 29 2003.05.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Tetsuo Katsuta
Shooto : Treasure Hunt 10 2002.09.16
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury Stephen Palling Shooto 2002.05.05
No Contest Josh Thomson Hawaii Regional 2001.12.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Hideki Kadowaki Shooto 2001.09.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Masashi Kameda Shooto 2001.07.06
Win | Decision | Unanimous Masato Shiozawa Shooto 2001.03.02

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