UFC officials announced Tuesday that Yamamoto (Pictured) and
Uyenoyama have agreed to square off at UFC on Fox
1, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The headlining heavyweight title bout between champion Cain
Velasquez and challenger Junior dos
Santos is the only matchup currently slated to be broadcast,
though other fights could air in the event of a fast finish.
Regardless, the undercard is expected to be viewable in its
entirety through either Spike TV or Facebook.
Once ranked amongst the world’s top 145-pounders, Yamamoto has hit
a rough patch of late, dropping three of four bouts since returning
from knee surgery in mid-2009. The 34-year-old Krazy Bee leader
notched one of his trademark knockouts again Federico
Lopez in Dream last May, but faltered in his February UFC
debut, a unanimous decision loss to current top contender Demetrious
Uyenoyama, 31, was rumored to make his first Octagon appearance at
UFC 134, but his bout with Raphael
Assuncao never materialized, reportedly due to contractual
issues with Shooto. The Californian’s most recent bout came last
September in the long-running Japanese promotion, where the “Bone
Crusher” punched out then-Shooto 132-pound world champion Shuichiro
Katsumura in a non-title affair. A nine-year veteran of the
sport, Uyenoyama is perhaps best known to North American fans for
his June 2008 thriller against Hideo Tokoro