Ivan Menjivar Faces “Kid” Yamamoto at UFC 165

08-Ivan-Menjivar-7404-UFC-157-weigh-478x270A bantamweight bout between Ivan Menjivar and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto has been added to the UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson fight card slated for Sept. 21 in Toronto.

Menjivar (25-10) has competed as heavy as welterweight.  He competed in the UFC as a lightweight in 2004.  “The Pride of El Salvador” returned to the UFC in 2011 as a bantamweight and has gone 4-2 in the organization at 135 pounds.

Menjivar is coming off a loss to former featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 in his last outing and hopes to get put a “w” in the win column against Yamamoto and work his way back into title contention.

Yamamoto (18-6) was once considered the top featherweight fighter in the world, but has fallen on a rough patch recently, losing five of his last six fights.

Yamamoto made his UFC debut in February 2011 in the bantamweight division.  He’s gone 0-3 in the UFC, losing to Vaughan Lee by submission in his last outing.  He’ll likely be fighting to keep his job against Menjivar.

UFC 165 takes place on Sept. 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.  The event is headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and top contender Alexander Gustafsson.

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