Kid Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 18, 2009.
— Former pound-for-pound phenom Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will return to action a little less than two months after suffering his first professional MMA loss in seven years at K-1’s “World MAX 2009” event on July 13 in a kickboxing bout. “Kid” will be fighting Jae hee Cheon in a three-round matchup. Other notable MMA fighters competing include Tatsuya Kawajiri and Atsushi Yamamoto. [Japan-MMA.com]
— Longtime veteran Dennis Hallman will now be facing training partner Justin Davis in a catch-weight bout at tomorrow night’s “Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg” event at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. Hallman was originally slated to take on Cedric Marks, who was forced out of the bout after reportedly competing this past weekend and acquiring a medical suspension because of it. A lightweight bout between Jorge Gurgel and Conor Heun will also now be contested at a catch-weight of 160 lbs. [MMA Junkie]
— Former two-time UFC tournament winner Mark Kerr will reportedly return to action against Canadian heavyweight Nick Penner at a King of the Cage Canada event on July 18 in Edmonton. Since embarking on a comeback three years ago, Kerr has lost six out of his eight fights and is currently riding a four-fight losing streak. Penner last competed in March, winning a unanimous decision over Joe Fonoti at The Fight Club 6. [MMANews.com]
— A previously scheduled bantamweight title bout between UWC bantamweight title holder Mike Easton and former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe has reportedly been proposed again for a planned Ultimate Warrior Challenge event in September. The two were slated to collide at UWC’s “Man “O” War” show in February, but Beebe failed to show up for the card after signing to compete in DREAM’s featherweight grand prix tournament in the spring. [Five Ounces of Pain]
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