Kid Yamamoto Out, Wilson Reis Now Faces Ivan Menjivar at UFC 165

September 3, 2013
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Norifumi-Kid-Yamamoto-UFC-126-Prefight_4673Wilson Reis’ UFC debut was scheduled for Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil, but will now take place at UFC 165 in Canada instead.

Reis was expected to face Hugo Viana at UFC Fight Night 28, but an injury forced Viana out of the fight just days prior to the event and Reis was removed from the card altogether.

On Tuesday, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto pulled out of his scheduled UFC 165 bout with Ivan Menjivar and UFC officials announced Reis as Yamamoto’s replacement on the Sept. 21 event.

Reis (16-4) is riding a four-fight winning streak and hopes to continue his winning ways under the UFC banner.

Menjivar (25-10) is coming off a submission loss to Urijah Faber at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 and hopes to rebound by spoiling Reis’ UFC debut.

UFC 165 takes place on Sept. 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and his headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson.  The co-main event features the interim bantamweight title fight between champion Renan Barao and top contender Eddie Wineland.

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  • fsunoles10

    “cant win a round let alone a fight in the ufc” chael sonnen

  • Wolf Ticket

    Yamamoto still in the UFC?

    • Werdoomb

      That guys doesn’t belong in the UFC.

      He was okay back in the days. But the dude clearly can’t perform at the high level anymore.

      This applies to other Japanese fighters as well that Dana keeps around for the Japan card. Gomi is a shell of what he used to be in Pride. Before coming to the UFC, the dude was on a losing streak against Japanese fighters. Akiyama was never really good and his biggest win is against Denis Kang, who has been on a down hill since.

      Of the Asian fighters, I only see Yushin and Korean Zombie as top fighters. The rest are in the UFC for the same reason why Dan Hardy is in the UFC.

      Honestly, you would cut Jon Fitch but keep Dan Hardy, Akiyama, and Gomi? Man…pure business move huh?

      • Brian Lam

        Nonsense.. many “Asian fighters” were robbed in the UFC, it doesn’t mean they’re not good. Gomi wrecked Sanchez in their fight. Dong Hyun Kim has beat everyone except Condit and should be on his way to title shot