ONE's Heroes Mourn The Death Of Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto

Kid Yamamoto

Mixed martial arts heroes from around joined together on Tuesday to pay respects to Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto.

The Japanese icon lost his life at the age of 41 after a battle with cancer.

The Tokyo native was a pioneer of the sport’s lighter weight classes – especially in his homeland where he was a mainstream star – paving the way for many of the heroes of ONE championship.

Above all, despite his popularity, he still took risks and competed against – and defeated – athletes who were two or three divisions above his natural weight.

His exciting style and warrior spirit won him a legion of fans around the world, and let to an outpouring of tributes on social media, including from ONE Championship.

A fight is a moment in time. A legend is forever. #RIPKID

Posted by Chatri Sityodtong on Monday, September 17, 2018

One of the Best in The WorldOne of the Most Crazy KO in the HistoryAsian MMA Legend who Inspired the Whole WorldMy…

Posted by Shannon Cai on Monday, September 17, 2018

I have no words….i am speechless….i am shocked….this is tragic. I will drop some of the best whiskey i have on the…

Posted by Arnaud "TheGame" Lepont on Monday, September 17, 2018

GUTTED to hear that Kid Yamamoto has passed away. He fought valiantly against cancer, but at last, God's finger touched…

Posted by Michael Schiavello on Monday, September 17, 2018

Rest well forever @kid_yamamoto .Thank you for everything you given to the world. The original BadBoy of MMA and a gentleman when needed, always an inspiration. Ouss #rip

Posted by Brandon Vera on Monday, September 17, 2018

R.I.P Kid Yamamoto ????????

Posted by Adriano Moraes on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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