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
One of the Best in The WorldOne of the Most Crazy KO in the HistoryAsian MMA Legend who Inspired the Whole WorldMy…
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…
GUTTED to hear that Kid Yamamoto has passed away. He fought valiantly against cancer, but at last, God's finger touched…
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