Remembering Norifumi ‘KID’ Yamamoto | Luke Thomas

Norifumi ‘KID’ Yamamoto died of cancer at the age of 41 years of age. A legend of Japanese MMA, Yamamoto was a rockstar in his home country, a bantamweight who beat lightweights in K-1 Hero’s, DREAM and Shooto. His UFC run was never a testament to who he was or what he meant to the sport. In this short clip from my radio show, I tried to observe a few things he might’ve been.

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  1. wtf he was one of my fave fighters back in the day. I had no idea he was sick, damn……and Crazy Horse is still alive?!

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