Norifumi Yamamoto bigraphy, stories - Japanese martial artist

Norifumi Yamamoto : biography

March 15, 1977 -

Yamamoto comes from a wrestling family. His father Ikuei Yamamoto representing Japan at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich and his sisters Miyu and Seiko both won world championships in freestyle wrestling. Kid received his education in the United States and wrestled at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona, capturing three state championships (with a third place finish as a freshman). He also trained briefly under Choi Mu Bae..

Though by most measures he is a natural Bantamweight, many of Yamamoto's most significant bouts have been in the Lightweight division as it was the lightest division in Hero's. More recently though, Yamamoto has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the Bantamweight division, although he has not performed very well in the UFC, going winless in his first three fights with the organization. Over his career, he holds notable wins over Jadamba Narantungalag, Royler Gracie, former Shooto Welterweight Champion Caol Uno, Genki Sudo, Kazuyuki Miyata, former DREAM Featherweight Champion and current DREAM Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes, and Rani Yahya.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • K-1 HERO's
    • K-1 HERO's 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Winner
    • Fastest Recorded Knockout (0:04)
  • MMAFighting
    • 2005 Featherweight Fighter of the Yearhttp://www.mmafighting.com/2007/01/01/mmafightingcom-2006-year-end-awards
  • Shooto
    • All Japan Amateur Shooto Tournament Winner

Amateur wrestling

  • Japan Wrestling Federation
    • All-Japan Emperor's Cup Senior Freestyle National Championship 4th Place (2007)
    • All-Japan Emperor's Cup Senior Freestyle National Championship Runner-up (1999)
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association
    • AIA High School State Championship (1995, 1996, 1997)
    • AIA High School State Championship 3rd Place (1994)
    • Scholastic Career Record: 112-4 (1993-1997)

Kickboxing record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location
July 13, 2009 Loss South Korea}} Jae hee Cheon K-1 World MAX 2009 World Championship Tournament Final 8 KO (Left Hook) 1 1:20 Japan}} Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
May 4, 2005 Loss Greece}} Mike Zambidis K-1 World Max 2005 Opening KO (Right Hook) 3 2:09 Japan}} Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan
December 31, 2004 Loss Japan}} Masato K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004 Decision (Majority) 3 5:00 Japan}} Kyocera Dome, Tokyo, Japan
February 24, 2004 Win Japan}} Takehiro Murahama K-1 World MAX 2004 Japan Tournament TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2 2:38 Japan}} Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing career

Yamamoto faced Masato at K-1 Premium 2004 Dynamite!! in a highly anticipated match up under K-1 Rules, and lost via Decision. KID then faced Mike Zambidis at the K-1 World Max 2005 tournament, he would also lose this bout by KO early into the third round. On July 13, 2009, Yamamoto was defeated by Korean Kickboxer Jae Hee Cheon via KO at K-1 World MAX 2009 World Championship Tournament Final 8. He is now 1-3 under K-1 Rules.

Mixed martial arts record

|- | Loss |align=center| 18–6 (1) | Vaughan Lee |Submission (armbar) |UFC 144 | |align=center|1 |align=center|4:29 |Saitama, Japan | |- | Loss |align=center| 18–5 (1) | Darren Uyenoyama |Decision (unanimous) |UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos | |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Anaheim, California, United States | |- | Loss |align=center| 18–4 (1) | Demetrious Johnson | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 126 | |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | Win |align=center| 18–3 (1) | Federico Lopez | KO (punches) | Dream 14 | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:41 |Saitama, Saitama, Japan | Return to Bantamweight |- | Loss |align=center| 17–3 (1) | Masanori Kanehara | Decision (unanimous) | Dynamite!! 2009 | |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Saitama, Saitama, Japan | |- | Loss |align=center| 17–2 (1) | Joe Warren | Decision (split) | Dream 9 | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 5:00 |Yokohama, Japan | Dream Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal, Moves to Featherweight |- | Win |align=center| 17–1 (1) | Rani Yahya | TKO (punches and soccer kicks) | K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 3:11 |Osaka, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 16–1 (1) | Bibiano Fernandes | Decision (unanimous) | Hero's 10 | |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Yokohama, Japan | Drops to Bantamweight |- | Win |align=center| 15–1 (1) | István Majoros | TKO (punches) | K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:46 |Osaka, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 14–1 (1) | Kazuyuki Miyata | KO (flying knee) | Hero's 5 | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:02 |Tokyo, Japan | Fastest knockout in K-1 Hero's history |- | Win |align=center| 13–1 (1) | Genki Sudo | TKO (punches) | Hero's 4 | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:39 |Osaka, Japan | Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix final |- | Win |align=center| 12–1 (1) | Caol Uno | TKO (cut) | Hero's 3 | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 4:04 |Tokyo, Japan | Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix semifinal |- | Win |align=center| 11–1 (1) | Royler Gracie | KO (punch) | Hero's 3 | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 0:38 |Tokyo, Japan | Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix quarterfinal |- | Win |align=center| 10–1 (1) | Ian James Schaffa | TKO (punches) | Hero's 2 | |align=center| 3 |align=center| 1:23 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 9–1 (1) | Jadamba Narantungalag | KO (punches) | K-1 World MAX 2004 Champions' Challenge | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:55 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 8–1 (1) | Kazuya Yasuhiro | Submission (armbar) | K-1 World MAX 2004 World Tournament Final | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 2:40 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 7–1 (1) | Tony Valente | Submission (rear naked choke) | K-1 World MAX 2004 World Tournament Open | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:58 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 6–1 (1) | Caleb Mitchell | KO (punch) | Shooto | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:40 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 5–1 (1) | Jeff Curran | Decision (unanimous) | SuperBrawl 29 | |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Honolulu, Hawaii, United States | |- | Win |align=center| 4–1 (1) | Tetsuo Katsuta | TKO (punches) | Shooto | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 2:45 |Yokohama, Japan | |- | Loss |align=center| 3–1 (1) | Stephen Palling | TKO (cut) | Shooto | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:30 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | NC |align=center| 3–0 (1) | Josh Thomson | No Contest (kick to groin) | Shogun 1 | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 2:00 |Honolulu, Hawaii, United States | |- | Win |align=center| 3–0 | Hideki Kadowaki | TKO (punches) | Shooto | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:02 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 2–0 | Masashi Kameda | KO (punch) | Shooto | |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:17 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Win |align=center| 1–0 | Masato Shiozawa | Decision (unanimous) | Shooto | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 5:00 |Tokyo, Japan |

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