Norifumi Yamamoto, more popularly known as Kid Yamamoto to mixed martial arts fans, announces via Instagram earlier today that he is battling Cancer.
The Japanese to English translation reads: “Although it will be a personal report, I will do my best to treat cancer.
I am absolutely energetic and I strongly want to return, so please give me a warm support!”
The popular mixed martial artist did not have the best run while in the UFC but earned his fame while fighting for organizations such as Dream, Hero, K-1, and Shooto. Yamamoto did not earn any wins while with the UFC, dropping losses to Demetrious Johnson, Vaughn Lee, and Darren Uyenoyama. He also had a no-contest with Roman Salazar due to an accidental eye poke.
Yamamoto has not competed professionally since UFC 184 in February 2015. He is 41-years old.