Yamamoto-Cariaso Greenlit for UFC 130

By Mike Whitman Mar 12, 2011
Japanese import Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will lock horns with Chris Cariaso in a bantamweight affair at UFC 130, the promotion announced Saturday.

UFC 130 goes down May 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be headlined by a lightweight title rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and the only man to ever beat him in Gray Maynard. In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight king Quinton Jackson will lock horns with “The Ultimate Fighter 3” alum Matt Hamill.

One of Japan's most famous mixed martial artists, Yamamoto (Pictured) made his long-anticipated UFC debut last month at UFC 126, losing by unanimous decision to the faster Demetrious Johnson.

Once considered to be among the sport's pound-for-pound best, Yamamoto has lost three of his last four fights after posting a 14-fight winning streak from 2002 to 2007.

Known for his excellent wrestling and devastating punching power, “Kid” owns 13 of his 18 career victories by knockout.

Cariaso was victorious in his UFC debut, notching a unanimous decision win over Team Alpha Male representative Will Campuzano at Fight Night 23 six weeks ago. A veteran of both Strikeforce and EliteXC competition, Cariaso suffered his most recent loss at the hands of Brazilian Renan "Barao" at WEC 53 in December, losing by rear-naked choke in the first round.

Prior to that defeat, “Kamikaze” had won four straight, finishing three of his foes in that two-year span.


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