Kid Yamamoto signs with the UFC (updated)Posted on December 8, 2010, 05:47 PM by Daniel Cassidy
With the WEC soon to merge with the UFC, it would appear they are about to capture their first big signing for the new UFC 145 pound division, in Norifumi "Kid" Yamamota. The Japanese mega star is reportedly holding talks with Zuffa, with the obvious intent to bring him to the US. Should the talent acquisition be successful, he will join highly regarded Eastern fighters already fighting for Reed Harris' company such as Takeya Mizugaki, Yoshiro Maeda and Akitoshi Tamura.
According to MMA Junkie, sources close to the situation confirmed talks are on going between both parties in an effort to reach a deal. Should pen be put to paper, Yamomota will join a very deep division, currently presided over by Featherweight stand out Jose Aldo.
With the recent announcement of a merger, WEC President Reed Harris confirmed the company were actively looking at increasing the roster, but refused to reveal any names. Back in January 2009, prior to UFC 94, Dana White was seen in videos with Yamamota, leading fans to believe a deal was inbound, but it never amounted to anything. Despite this, White was very complimentary of the Japanese legend, saying:
"I've been a 'Kid' Yamamoto fan for a long time, I'd love to get him over here. There's two fights left on his K-1 contract, and he told me his dream is to end his career over here with us. So I'd like to see it happen."
Yamamota is one of the better known stars of JMMA overseas. Currently 18-3, the wrestling expert recently rebound from two straight losses, one of which a very questionable decision to Joe Warren. During the course of his nine year MMA, he has dispatched of notable fighters like Jeff Curran, Royler Gracie, Caol Uno, Genki Sudo and Bibiano Fernandes.
Source: MMA Junkie
Dana White confirmed through his Twitter account that Kid Yamamoto has officially signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more details on the deal, and who's set to be his next opponent.