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Yamamoto vs. Hobar Removed From UFC Saitama Card

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will have to wait a bit longer to get his UFC career on track, the UFC reports.

Both Yamamoto and his UFC Fight Night 75 opponent, Matt Hobar, suffered injuries while training and have since been removed from the card. Replacing the bantamweight bout in Saitama on FOX Sports 1 is a featherweight matchup between Diego Brandao and Katsunori Kikuno.

The UFC did not reveal the nature of the injuries or to what extent Yamamoto or Hobar would be out.

A legend on the Japanese circuit for much of the early-to-mid 2000s, Yamamoto made a name for himself under the Shooto and K-1 banners, going 17-1 with one no contest from 2001-07.

He wouldn’t have quite as much success when making the transition in the UFC, however. Now 38 years old, Yamamoto has gone 0-3 with one no contest since 2011, with losses to Demetrious Johnson, Darren Uyenoyama and Vaughan Lee. After a three-year absence from the cage, Yamamoto stepped in to fight Roman Salazar this February — a bout that ended in a no contest after Yamamoto accidentally poked Salazar in the eye.

It would have been “Kid” Yamamoto’s first fight in Japan since 2012, and just his second since 2010 — when he earned his last victory against Federico Lopez while fighting for DREAM.

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