In what unfortunately seems to be a slow march towards the end of his MMA career, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto has suffered an undisclosed injury while training for a September 24 fight at UFC 135 against Damacio Page and has been forced to withdraw from the event as a result.
Page also incurred some sort of damage to his neck during his camp meaning a replacement for Yamamoto will not be necessary as neither fighter will be healthy enough to fight in Denver.
The UFC has since pulled the match-up from their official online listing.
This week’s news is particularly tough for fans of the Krazy Bee competitor, as “Kid” has only fought a quartet of times since a series of knee-related issues kept him out of the ring for the duration of 2008 and half of 2009. Compounding matters, three of those four bouts have resulted in a loss – all by decision – including Yamamoto’s UFC debut in February against Demetrious Johnson.
Yamamoto still holds a highly-respectable record of 18-4, though, unfortunately, it seems the 34-year old may never fulfill the potential shown overseas when he was considered to be one of the top fighters at his weight. He holds past wins over Genki Sudo, Caol Uno, Bibiano Fernandes, and Jeff Curran.
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