Midlands bantamweight Vaughan Lee will meet Japanese legend Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto at UFC 144 in Japan.
Vaughan Lee debuted in the UFC at UFC 138 in his native Birmingham and came away with a decision loss to Chris Cariaso.
For his next bout he’ll have to head to his opponent’s stamping ground as he takes on Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto at UFC 144 in Japan.
A good showing at the TUF trials and some consecutive victories earned Lee his right to fight in the UFC, and being a hometown draw on the Birmingham card certainly didn’t hinder his chances.
He’ll take on by far the biggest name of his career at the Saitama Super Arena as he meets “Kid”; a fighter once considered one of the world’s best, pound-for-pound.
Yamamoto has had a tough run since signing for the UFC. Going 17-1 (1NC) with twelve knockouts in his first nineteen bouts, he lost back-to-back fights in Japan before getting back on the horse with a TKO win over Federico Lopez. This saw him sign to the UFC with Japan in their sights, but he has lost back-to-back unanimous decisions in his time there.
The UFC have obviously kept Yamamoto’s services to aid their push in the Far East, but he is in dire need of a win, and he’ll be hoping it can come in front of his home crowd.
Lee has a big ask in front of him, but he’ll be excited to get in the cage in Japan against a name long considered one of the foremost in MMA.
The UFC 144 fight card is headlined by the lightweight title bout between Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson on February 26th, 2011.
The news came via UFC.com.