UFC president Dana White has announced the world’s premier MMA promotion has added Japanese superstar Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto to their featherweight roster.
White confirmed the signing via his Twitter early Friday morning.
Yamamoto owns a dominant 18-3 professional record and has been one of the Orient’s most exciting and popular athletes over the last decade.
During a torrid run between 2002-2007, the 33-year-old rattled off 14 straight wins. He defeated the likes of Jeff Curran, Caol Uno, Bibiano Fernandes and Rani Yahya during that stretch.
“I’ve been a ‘Kid’ Yamamoto fan for a long time. I’d love to get him over here,” White previously said following UFC 94. “He told me his dream is to end his career over here with us. So I’d like to see it happen.”
Not only did the modern day Don King ink the “Kid,” but he also recruited fellow Japanese featherweight Michihiro Omigawa to make the jump stateside yesterday.
Yamamoto is expected to make his Octagon debut in early 2011. The terms of his UFC contract were disclosed.
(UPDATED 12/10/2010 at 1035AM PT):