Norifumi
Yamamoto
18-6-0, 1NC( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 6 fights.
Record: 18-6-0, 1NC
Summary: Wrestling, knockout power

Fighter Info

Nickname: Kid
From: Kanagawa Japan
Fights Out Of: Tokyo Japan
Age: 37
Height: 5' 4" ( 162 cm )
Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )

Media

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
142
37% Successful
52
Types of Successful Strikes
0
52
79% Standing
17%
41
9
2
Striking Defense
55
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
8
25% Successful
2
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
0
0
1
Takedown Defense
37
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Loss
Norifumi Yamamoto Feb 25, 2012
21 1 0 0 R1 Submission
Vaughan Lee 14 0 2 0
Loss
Norifumi Yamamoto Nov 12, 2011
15 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Darren Uyenoyama 15 2 1 3
Loss
Norifumi Yamamoto Feb 5, 2011
16 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Demetrious Johnson 38 10 0 4
Win
Norifumi Yamamoto
DREAM 14
May 29, 2010
9 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Federico Lopez 3 0 0 0
Loss
Masanori Kanehara
Dynamite!! 2009
Dec 31, 2009
27 1 0 3 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Norifumi Yamamoto 32 0 0 0
Loss
Joe Warren
DREAM 9: Featherweight Grand Prix 2009 2nd Round
May 26, 2009
35 4 0 2 R2 Decision - Split
Norifumi Yamamoto 42 0 0 0

Biography

TRAINING: Two sets of standup, wrestling, grappling and conditioning a day

When and why did you start training for fighting? My sister gave me a mixed martial arts video when I was 24, and when I saw fights of my weight class, I thought “I’m much stronger than these guys.” At that moment, I decided to quit wrestling and my mixed martial arts career began.

What ranks and titles have you held? K-1 Hero's 2005 Middleweight (70kg class) Grand Prix Tournament Champion

Do you have any heroes? My father, Muhammad Ali, Naseem Hamed

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I see the UFC as the world’s best league for mixed martial arts fighters, so fighting in the UFC means a lot to me. I want to see how far I can go, especially since my class (135lbs) has just been established. I feel this is my one and only time to really challenge myself in this world.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? B.A. in Law

What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve always been a fighter. I thought about becoming a lawyer, but didn’t have to think too much.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition?  All Japan Freestyle Wrestling National Championships (Emperor's Cup) 1999 128 lbs: 2nd place, 2007 132 lbs: 4th place. All Japan College Wrestling Championships – 58kg Freestyle Champion. Arizona State 3-time High School Champ (130lbs class) - Freshman (date to follow) 119 lbs: 3rd place. Sophomore 125 lbs: 1st place. Junior 130 lbs: 1st place. Senior 135 lbs: 1st place. High School Wrestling Record: 112-4. In 2004, went 32-0 and had 159 takedowns.

Favorite grappling technique: All of them

Favorite Striking technique: All of them

•    Veteran of nearly 11 years in the pro game

•    13 wins by KO, 2 by submission

•    1-3 in four K-1 kickboxing bouts

•    Accomplished amateur wrestler – competed in the 2008 Olympic trials

•    Scored fastest KO in K-1 Hero’s history – 4 seconds against Kazuyuki Miyata in 2006

•    Has defeated Jeff Curran, Royler Gracie, Caol Uno, Genki Sudo, and Bibiano Fernandes

•    Father Ikuei Yamamoto represented Japan as a wrestler in the 1972 Olympic Games

Career

Key Opponents

Demetrious Johnson
Demetrious Johnson
21-2-1
( W-L-D )
Darren Uyenoyama
Darren Uyenoyama
8-5-0
( W-L-D )

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