It looks like UFC 165 in Toronto may have an interesting bantamweight addition, as Ivan Menjivar will reportedly battle Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto at the September 21st card.
The match-up is being reported by Nancy Audet of TVA Sports, which is a French Canadian television network. Menjivar trains out of the renowned Tristar Gym, which is located in Montreal, Quebec. The UFC hasn’t made any announcement regarding the fight.
Menjivar (25-10) is coming off a first round, submission loss via rear-naked-choke to former WEC champ Urijah Faber at UFC 157 in February. Prior to the loss the 31 year-old vet tapped out Azamat Gashimov with a first round, armbar at UFC 154 last November. Menjivar has gone 4-2 to date in the UFC.
If Yamamoto (18-6) wasn’t in a must win situation last time out, the Japanese vet certainly is now, as “Kid” is coming off consecutive losses to Demetrious Johnson, Darren Uyenoyama and most recently Vaughan Lee. The 36 year-old fighter was once widely considered to be one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters, but Yamaoto has gone 1-4 in his last five fights.
The only bouts that have been confirmed for UFC 165 to date are light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, and Myles Jury versus lightweight Mike Ricci.
Menjivar-Yamamoto would certainly be a solid a booking for the card.