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Japanese MMA Legend Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto Dies at Age 41

A legend of the mixed martial arts scene in Japan, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto has succumbed to cancer and passed away at age 41.

The tragic news was shared by Yamamoto’s longtime Krazy Bee team in a message released on Twitter late Monday evening.

It was just in late August when Yamamoto had revealed via a post on Instagram that he was battling cancer.

The veteran competitor who came to prominence in his native Japan while fighting in SHOOTO and K-1 HERO’S. It was during his time in HERO’S when Yamamoto not only became one of the biggest stars in his native Japan but he was a highly touted competitor on a global scale while being recognized as one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the sport.

During his most impressive stretch, Yamamoto held consecutive wins over the likes of Royler Gracie, Caol Uno, Genki Sudo, Bibiano Fernandes and Rani Yahya. It was during that same run of wins where Yamamoto scored an incredible four-second knockout over Kazuyuki Miyata with a flying knee immediately after the fight started. 

Yamamoto ended up taking a nearly two year long break from fighting as he pursued his dream to represent Japan in Olympic wrestling. Unfortunately his run towards qualification ended when he suffered an injury during competition and he ultimately returned to mixed martial arts.

Yamamoto eventually made his way to the UFC in 2011 but he was unable to secure a win in the promotion over four fights while dealing with several injuries that kept him sidelined.

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RIP…. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto 😞

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His last fight took place in 2015, which came after a three-year hiatus from the sport.

Yamamoto was a beloved fighter throughout the mixed martial arts community during his entire career and he leaves behind a legacy that will always be remembered.

UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor – Fighting Words

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The biggest fight in UFC history goes down Saturday, October 6 as Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon to challenge undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor.

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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Oct. 6 for UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor full live results. Undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov puts his belt on the line against Conor McGregor in the main event.

Eryk Anders Likes Last-Minute Call for UFC Sao Paulo

Coming off a highlight reel third round TKO of Tim Williams last month at UFC Fight Night 135, middleweight Eryk Anders was eager to get back to action, but didn’t anticipate making his return as quickly as he will be.

After an injury sidelined Jimi Manuwa, Anders (11-1) steps in on short notice to take on Thiago Santos (18-6) in a light-heavyweight main event this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“The UFC came to us this (past) weekend,” Anders told MMAWeekly.com. “I was looking forward to fighting a little later this year, but it’s the fight game so you know how it is.”

With just a week’s worth of notice, Anders notes that while the preparation for the fight with Santos won’t be as involved as previous fights, it will not pose a problem.

“I just fought a few weeks ago, so I’m still in good shape and I’ve been training at Fortis MMA and Xtreme Couture,” said Anders. “(The) focus is looking at his tendencies, seeing what he does in certain situations, so I’ll be well-prepared from the mental side, as well as the physical side. Everything is coming together perfectly.”

As for the fight itself, Anders is relishing the opportunity to face an opponent like Santos.

“I love this match-up; this is the kind of fight I like,” Anders said. “It’s not often I get to go in there and have someone stand toe-to-toe and swing for the fences.

“Guys are usually backing up, running and circling when I fight them, which is frustrating. Santos likes to come forward, which is great, and I’ve just gotta do me. I’m going to make it dirty and keep my defense tight. I’m going to keep my hands up and come out with the win.”

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Should Anders come out of his bout this Saturday night healthy, he sees no reason why he can’t return to action at least one more time in 2018.

“I’m wanting to fight at least once before the end of the year,” said Anders. “If we can make that happen, we’ll make it happen. Toronto would be great. If not, I’m trying to fight January at the latest. I’m trying to fight as much as possible.”

Jimi Manuwa Issues Statement Explaining UFC Sao Paulo Withdrawal

Jimi Manuwa

Jimi Manuwa has issued a statement explaining his last-minute withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 137, which takes place on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Manuwa had originally been slated to face Glover Teixeira in the UFC Sao Paulo main event, but Teixeira dropped out because of an injury and was replaced by Thiago Santos. Now, with just days to go until fight time, Manuwa has been forced to withdraw. 

The latest iteration of Saturday’s headlining bout features Santos against last-minute replacement Eryk Anders.

Now that the new headliner is set, Manuwa issued a statement on Instagram, explaining the injury that forced him out of the bout after he had already made it to Brazilian soil.

“I’m truly gutted. The day after I landed in Brazil, I went for my last hard training session. During that session of sprints I tore my hamstring, and after getting it assessed in hospital, doctors diagnosed it as a severe tear greater than 50 percent. They told me it will be a minimum of 6 weeks recovery time,” Manuwa wrote.

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“I’ll be working hard every day to get back so I can continue to put on great fights for everyone to watch. I was 100-percent ready and looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans in São Paulo and around the world.

“I made a lot of sacrifices and even missed my daughter’s 10th birthday. I’m sorry Havana, I love you, Daddy is on his way home,” he continued.

“I want to thank every one of you for the love and support you have sent my way. Without all of you none of this is possible. I can’t wait to come back and put on a show for you all. Lions eat first.”

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I'm truly gutted. The day after I landed in Brazil I went for my last hard training session. During that session of sprints I tore my hamstring, and after getting it assessed in hospital, doctors diagnosed it as a severe tear greater than 50%. They told me it will be a minimum of 6 weeks recovery time. Ill be working hard everyday to get back so I can continue to put on great fights for everyone to watch. I was 100% ready and looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans in São Paulo and around the world . I made a lot of sacrifices and even missed my daughter's 10th birthday. I'm sorry Havana, I love you, Daddy is on his way home. I want to thank everyone of you for the love and support you have sent my way. Without all of you none of this is possible. I can't wait to come back and put on a show for you all. Lions eat first 🦁

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Latest UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor Fight Card

UFC 229 Khabib vs McGregor Fight Card

UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor
Date: October 6, 2018
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

 

UFC 229 News & Videos

 

UFC 229 Results: Khabib vs. McGregor (Full Live Results)

 

UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor Fight Card

Main Card (10 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View)

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (c)(26-0) vs. Conor McGregor (21-3)*
  • Tony Ferguson (25-3) vs. Anthony Pettis (21-7)
  • Ovince Saint Preux (22-11) vs. Dominick Reyes (9-0)
  • Derrick Lewis (20-5, 1 NC) vs. Alexander Volkov (29-6)
  • Michelle Waterson (15-6) vs. Felice Herrig (14-7)

Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

  • Sean O’Malley (10-0) vs. Jose Quinonez (8-2)
  • Sergio Pettis (17-3) vs. Jussia Formiga (21-5)
  • Aspen Ladd (6-0) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-6, 1NC)

Early Prelims (8 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)

  • Lina Länsberg (8-3) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (10-4-0, 1NC)
  • Scott Holtzman (11-2) vs. Alan Patrick (15-1)
  • Gray Maynard (14-7-1, 1NC) vs. Nik Lentz (30-9-2, 1NC)
  • Ryan LaFlare (13-2) vs. Tony Martin (12-4)

*For UFC lightweight championship

 

UFC 229 Results: Khabib vs. McGregor (Full Live Results)

UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor Press Conference Viewing Party in Times Square

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The world will be watching on Thursday, Sept. 20, when UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) and two-division UFC championConor McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) come face to face for the first time at the UFC 229: KHABIB vs. McGREGOR press conference, presented by AutoZone.

While the press conference is closed to the public, UFC announced on Monday an exclusive opportunity for fans to watch the event live in the heart of New York’s Times Square on Silvercast’s digital spectacular known as “Mega-Zilla.” UFC fans will have the ability to watch the highly anticipated press conference from a full block on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets on the world’s largest TV screen.

TRENDING > Watch the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor Press Conference Live, Thursday at 5 PM ET

Fans in the New York area are encouraged to watch the press conference in Times Square and show their support for their favorite athlete. The live stream telecast will be captioned so fans won’t miss a word as they enjoy a viewing party unlike any other.        

  • WHAT:
    UFC 229: KHABIB vs. McGREGOR Press Conference
  • WHEN:
    Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. ET
  • WHERE:
    Mega-Zilla in Times Square
    Broadway from 45th to 46th Street, New York, NY

Big John McCarthy Breakdown: Rory MacDonald vs. Gegard Mousasi

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Legendary Big John McCarthy breaks down the upcoming middleweight world title fight between Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald that headlines Bellator 206. Don’t miss the epic event on September 29th, LIVE on DAZN.

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Ahead of the UFC 229, UFC will host a press conference with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor on Thursday, September 20 at 5p.m. ET at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

McGregor, the first fighter to hold UFC titles in two difference divisions simultaneously, returns to the octagon since November 2016 to take on undefeated lightweight champion Nurmagomedov. It’s the first time the two bitter rivals have come face-to-face at a press conference.

RELATED > Conor McGregor Launches His Own Signature Brand of Whiskey Ahead of UFC 229

Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Oct. 6 for UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor full live results. Undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov puts his belt on the line against Conor McGregor in the main event.

Who Came Up with the UFC Octagon?

OCTO animated documentary

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In 1993, the UFC was born in an 8-sided cradle of combat, and promoters, TV producers, and Hollywood set designers still dispute who is the Octagon’s true creator. Hear from those who stake claim to coming up with the idea of the octagon and its design.

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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Oct. 6 for UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor full live results. Undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov puts his belt on the line against Conor McGregor in the main event.

Conor McGregor Launches His Own Signature Brand of Whiskey Ahead of UFC 229

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Conor McGregor has his hands in a lot of different business ventures as one of the most profitable combat sports athletes in history and now he’s even got his own signature brand of whiskey.

Last year, following his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, McGregor promised to deliver his own brand of whiskey and the day has finally come for the release.

“Proper No. 12” is the brand that bears McGregor’s name, as he was not only involved in designing the whiskey, but he’s the chairman and majority owner in the company.

McGregor had originally teased the name of his whiskey as “Notorious,” which is his nickname in the fight game, but he ultimately decided on Proper No. 12 based on the neighborhood where he grew up in Ireland.

“I come from a suburb called Crumlin in Dublin 12,” McGregor said about his new whiskey. “It’s a place dear to my heart. It’s where I learned how to fight; it made me who I am today. It’s a place I’m still very much a part of every single day of my life. So, that’s where the name came from. It’s proper Irish whiskey and twelve is my hometown.

“Growing up on the streets of Dublin 12, I learned the values of loyalty and hard work. I respect other Irish whiskeys, but I am coming in strong, with passion and with purpose. I am the founder of this company and I am going to give it my all.”

 

The triple distilled whiskey is being made at a distillery in Ireland with planned sales launching in Ireland and the United States later this month.

McGregor is also hoping to do some good with the sale of his new whiskey by donating $5 from every case sold to local first responders in the cities or states where his brand is being sold.

“First responders all over the world are the unsung heroes who act with courage and answer the call of duty every day for people in need,” McGregor said. “I have great respect for these men and women.”

McGregor has committed up to $1 million annually donated from the sale of his whiskey.

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Obviously, the launch of his own brand of whiskey was well timed, as McGregor is preparing for arguably the biggest fight of his career when he meets lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.

McGregor’s whiskey also comes available just as the Irishman plans on landing in the United States later this week for a press conference to promote his fight against Nurmagomedov before finishing up his training camp in Las Vegas.