Urijah Faber welcomes UFC fight with “Kid” Yamamoto someday, but not now

By MMAJunkie

LAS VEGAS – Just a few short years ago, Urijah Faber (24-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was nothing more than a mythical fantasy matchup that fans debated on MMA forums.

But with both lighter-weight superstars now under the UFC banner, Faber vs. Yamamoto could soon become a reality.

On Friday, “The California Kid” said he still welcomes a fight with the Japanese superstar, but he thinks the timing is no longer quite right.

“I’d really like an opportunity for the fans in America to figure out who ‘Kid’ Yamamoto is,” Faber said. “He’s had a tough run in the last couple years, but the guy is, you know, you talk about the ‘it factor,’ you talk about swagger and things like that, he’s the only Japanese guy that I’ve ever seen that has it.”

Faber and Yamamoto were once considered the two best featherweights in the world. In 2007, Faber was in the midst of a 13-fight win streak that included five successful defenses of the WEC‘s featherweight title, while Yamamoto was busy with his own 14-fight run in Japan.

Since that time, Faber has gone just 3-3, while Yamamoto has battled through a tough 1-2 stretch. However, both fighters recently won their debuts in the bantamweight division, and the potential matchup again has a bit of steam behind it.

Nevertheless, Faber said he would prefer to wait a bit in hopes that U.S. fans can learn a bit about Yamamoto before looking to meet him in the octagon.


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