Less than three weeks away from UFC 165 on September 21st, bantamweight Ivan Menjivar has found out he has a new opponent, as the promotion has announced that Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will no longer compete on the Toronto bound card. As a result of Yamamoto’s withdrawal, UFC newcomer Wilson Reis will step in and take “Kid’s” place.
The reason for Yamamoto dropping out was not disclosed in the tweet announcing the change.
Reis was already preparing to fight Hugo Viana tomorrow night at UFC FN 28, but the latter injured his knee just a few days ago and had to pull out of the event. Reis (16-4) arrives in the UFC armed with a four fight winning streak, after he dropped back-to-back bouts versus Patricio Freire and Eduardo Dantas while competing for Bellator. The 28 year-old bantamweight is 7-3 in his last ten bouts.
Menjivar (25-10), meanwhile, will be looking to rebound from the submission loss he suffered versus Urijah Faber in February, after he tapped out Azamat Gashimov with a first round, armbar last November. The 31 year-old, Tristar fighter has gone 4-2 since returning to the UFC in 2011.
So, old school fans will likely be disappointed to hear that “Kid’s” no longer competing, as although he’s struggled in the UFC, it would have been interesting to see how the powerful slugger did against Menjivar. Thankfully Reis was ready to go, however, and the card will still feature 13 bouts.
UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and the main card will be available via pay-per-view. The event will feature light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones taking on Alexander Gustafsson, as well as interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao fighting Eddie Wineland.
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