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Norifumi Yamamoto

Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto

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  • Given Name: 岡部徳郁, Okabe Norifumi
  • 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
  • Affiliation: KRAZY BEE
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 66.0" (168cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $30,000 USD
  • Born: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Ota, Tokyo, Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: Yamanashi Gakuin University
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling
  • Head Coach: Enson Inoue
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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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

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Roman Salazar
18-6-0 9-3-0

UFC 184: Weidman vs. Belfort
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2015.02.28
Cancelled Bout Ivan Menjivar UFC 165 2013.09.21
Reason: Yamamoto Injury
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:29 Round 1 of 3

Vaughan Lee
18-5-0 11-7-1

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#16 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC 144 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Darren Uyenoyama
18-4-0 6-3-0

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 | Referee: Larry Landless
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
18-3-0 12-1-0

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 | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:41 Round 1 of 3

Federico Lopez
17-3-0 4-2-0

Dream 14
Main Card | Catchweight | 60 kg

2010.05.29
Odds: -1450 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 131.6 lbs | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Masanori Kanehara
17-2-0 15-7-5

Fields Dynamite!! 2009
Main Card | Featherweight

2009.12.31
Odds: -475 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 137.5 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Joe Warren
17-1-0 1-0-0

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 | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#45 Biggest Upset of All Time
Cancelled Bout Joseph Benavidez Dream 5 2008.07.21
Reason: Yamamoto Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Rani Yahya
16-1-0 12-3-0

K-1

2007.12.31
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Bibiano Fernandes
15-1-0 1-1-0

K-1: HERO'S Tournament Final
Co-Main Event

2007.09.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:46 Round 1 of 3

Istvan Majoros
14-1-0 0-0-0

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
13-1-0 2-3-0

K-1 : HERO'S 5
Main Event

2006.05.03
#85 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Genki Sudo
12-1-0 14-3-1

K-1

2005.12.31
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:04 Round 2 of 2, 9:04 Total

Caol Uno
10-1-0 17-7-4

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
10-1-0 5-2-1

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
9-1-0 6-2-2

K-1: HERO'S 2
Main Event

2005.07.06
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jadamba Narantungalag
8-1-0 0-0-0

K-1

2004.10.13
Win | Submission | Armlock

Kazuya Yasuhiro
7-1-0 0-0-0

K-1

2004.07.07
Win | Submission | Choke

Tony Valente
6-1-0 0-0-0

K-1

2004.04.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Caleb Mitchell
5-1-0 3-2-0

Shooto

2003.09.05
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jeff Curran
4-1-0 16-5-1

Icon Sport

2003.05.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Tetsuo Katsuta
3-1-0 3-3-0

Shooto

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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