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Kid Yamamoto hits the US with a whimper

I’ve complained about Strikeforce cards stacking their undercards with way too much throw away local flavor in the past, so it seems a bit hypocritical to complain now that they’re changing that. But this seems a bit silly:

Two smaller stars from Japan’s mixed martial arts scene hope to regain their aura next month at Strikeforce’s May 15 show.

Lightweight jiu-jitsu masterVitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-3) and featherweight Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (17-3) have been added to the undercard of the May 15 Strikeforce show in St. Louis. Ribeiro is scheduled to face Strikeforce and EliteXC veteran Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (13-0), while Yamamoto prepares for Federico Lopez (4-2).

Yep, you read it right: Kid Yamamoto’s long awaited US debut is happening on the unaired prelim portion of a Showtime card. His opponent is also a pretty jaded choice – Federico Lopez is on a two loss skid and has never beaten anyone with an above .500 record. Even considering how lethargic and unimpressive Kid Yamamoto has looked over the past few years, it’s as if Strikeforce found an easy opponent, looked for the easiest opponent he beat, and picked that guy to face Kid.

It’s fight bookings like this that make me want to punch Scott Coker in the junk.