Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs
Demetrious Johnson defeats Norifumi Yamamoto via 3 Round Decision
|13-1-0||Pro Record At Fight||18-3-0||Climbed to 14-1||Record After Fight||Fell to 18-4|
|-105 (Near Even)||Betting Odds||-125 (Slight Favorite)|
|Kirkland, Washington||Fighting out of||Ota, Tokyo, Japan|
|24 years, 5 months, 23 days||Age at Fight||33 years, 10 months, 21 days|
|136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs)|
|5'3" (161cm)||Height||5'6" (168cm)|
|66.0" (168cm)||Reach||66.0" (168cm)|
|AMC Pankration||Gym||KRAZY BEE|
- Bout Information
- Date: Saturday 02.05.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
- Referee: Mario Yamasaki
- Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 4 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: Bantamweight | 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Prelims
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Johnson Total Disclosed Pay: $10,000
- Yamamoto Total Disclosed Pay: $15,000
Johnson vs. Yamamoto Wiki Update Wiki
In the fourth bout of UFC 126 and the only to air on a special Facebook.com preliminary broadcast prior to the Spike TV prelims, Demetrious Johnson took on Kid Yamamoto. Johnson was making his UFC debut after the 135 pound division was added to the organization, yet had gone 2-1 in WEC competition in what was essentially the same division. Yamamoto was making his Zuffa and UFC debut after a long career of K1-Hero's and other Japanese competition.
The fighters began cautiously to begin round one, keeping distance from each other as Johnson darted in with jabs and low kicks. Johnson found some success with his low kicks while Yamamoto countered effectively. Yamamoto whiffed on a big right hook, enabling Johnson to duck and score a takedown, yet Yamamoto quickly escaped to his feet. A similar sequence played out again a moment later, and Johnson landed in Johnson's half-guard. Yamamoto escaped again, and a big exchange ensued as the fighters scrambled and landed up against the fence. Johnson took Yamamoto down again with 30 seconds left in the opening round. A small mouse formed over the right eye of "Mighty Mouse."
Johnson began round two with a pair of low outside left kicks. Yamamoto looked for a takedown yet couldn't quite get Johnson down. Johnson's next low kick caught Yamamoto in the groin resulting in a brief pause. Another beautifully-timed takedown came from Johnson, yet Yamamoto flipped him over during the transition and again immediately stood up. Johnson began to land on more of his strikes and got two more takedowns that Yamamoto escaped from. During a scramble where Johnson was in the process of standing back up, Yamamoto nailed a hard knee to the head that caused a brief moment of confusion as the fighters paused, uncertain if it was a legal blow or not.
Yamamoto shrugged off Johnson's first takedown attempt in round three, but fell victim to the next. Still, despite Johnson's ability to repeatedly score takedowns, Yamamoto had little difficulty getting back to his feet. Johnson's pace was unrelenting and had Yamamoto mostly guessing as to what level Johnson would be coming in from. Yamamoto landed some good individual punches yet it was Johnson who dictated the pace of the fight. The round ended with Johnson in top position working hard to keep Yamamoto on his back and likely earning himself a clear-cut victory.
The judges scored the bout 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of Demetrious Johnson. Speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, Johnson commented, "He's a very tough guy, he has good striking and hits hard... if I overextend I'm going to get knocked out from that right hook of his."
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Videos & Highlights
Interview | Kid Yamamoto Pre-Fight Video Interview with Ariel Helwani report dead link
Ariel Helwani interviews "Kid" Yamamoto in this video prior to his UFC debut against Demetrius Johnson.
Interview | Demetrius Johnson Pre-Fight Video Interview with Ariel Helwani report dead link
Demetrius Johnson speaks to Ariel Helwani prior to his UFC 126 bout with Norifumi Yamamoto in this interview video.
Interview | Kid Yamamoto Pre-Fight Video Interview with Karyn Bryant report dead link
Karyn Bryant talks to Kid Yamamoto talks about his preparation for UFC 126 in this video for MMA Heat from the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference.
Interview | Demetrious Johnson Pre-Fight Interview with Karyn Bryant report dead link
Demetrious Johnson talks about his upcoming UFC 126 fight, how he got ready for this fight following his last victory, what he does for a day job outside of the UFC, and more in this video for MMA Heat froom the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference.
Interview | Kid Yamamoto Post-Fight Interview Video with Ariel Helwani report dead link
Ariel Helwani interviews Kid Yamamoto following his debut loss at UFC 126 in this interview video.
Interview | Demetrius Johnson Post-Fight Interview with Ariel Helwani report dead link
Mighty Mouse looks back at his UFC 126 win over Kid Yamamoto in this video interview with Ariel Helwani.