For anyone that was bummed out about not being able to see Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto’s UFC debut on Saturday night, your wish has been granted, and the UFC will broadcast his fight against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for free on Facebook starting at 8:25pm ET on Saturday night.
UFC president Dana White had teased on his official Twitter page that he had something special in store for the Yamamoto vs. Johnson fight, and now the cat is out of the bag. The UFC announced the move on their Facebook account today.
The UFC tested the Facebook method of showing fights during the “UFC Fight for the Troops” broadcast a couple weeks back, and it appears the success will bring more fights to the social networking giant.
The fight between Yamamoto and Johnson brings the total guaranteed number of fights on Saturday night up to 8, including the Spike TV prelim show and the pay-per-view broadcast which kick off at 9pm and 10pm ET respectively.
Yamamoto makes his UFC debut after a storied career in Japan that saw him become one of the top featherweights in the sport just a few short years ago. He took time off to pursue his Olympic dream, and also faced injuries, but now he’s healthy and hoping to re-establish himself in the UFC.
To watch the broadcast just go to Facebook.com/UFC and ‘like’ their page and the free broadcast is available to anyone with a Facebook account.