Kid Yamamoto’s UFC Debut to be Streamed on Facebook


Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Japanese superstar Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto will make his long-awaited UFC debut against fellow wrestler Demetrious Johnson at UFC 126 this Saturday night.

While the bantamweight clash will not be televised on pay-per-view or during a preliminary special on Spike, the UFC has decided to stream the fight live via Facebook.com.

Fans will once again be asked to "like" the UFC's official Facebook page in order to gain access to the stream.

“We understand the power of social media,” UFC President Dana White said in a release. “Fans all over the world have been telling me that they want to see this fight. You got it. We are going to broadcasting live on Facebook, giving UFC fans all over the world access to a great fight between Kid Yamamoto and Demetrious Johnson. Plus, we’re continuing to show that we are the best at using social media to attract new fans.”

Long considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Yamamoto will be fighting stateside for the first time. "Kid" ended a two-fight losing streak in his most recent fight, a KO win over Federico Lopez at DREAM.14 last May.

Johnson won two out of three fights under the WEC banner, including an unanimous decision over Nick Pace and a submission of former world-ranked bantamweight Damacio Page.

A UFC middleweight title bout between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Vitor Belfort will headline UFC 126.

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