I decided to post something a day after the news you didn’t of cancer because I didn’t want to be THAT guy, the guy that writes the cliche’ RIP post without even thinking things through.
I woke yesterday morning to hear someone I know died of cancer...later, I opened a text from @jameschaneymma
showing me an article that you to, had passed.
My mind was BLOWN!
How?! When?! What kind?! My mind raced as I tried to figure out what was going on as only 4wks earlier it was announced you had cancer & I recall the last time we spoke you simply said you were “sick.”
Before I even became a pro athlete I was watching you beat a guy LITERALLY through the ropes with everyone & their mama pull you off.
Didn’t give a fuck ✔️
Swag swag ✔️
You were the shit to me.
I remember back in 2005 at @americankickboxingacademy
& “Crazy Bob” teased me about not getting star struck cuz my hero was in town to train.
We got in good shit & you told me I had the same soul as you, that stuck with me.
Surprisingly, we met again after, you remembered me, gave me your info, & kept in touch from then, till your passing.
3 weight fighter ✔️
Multi-belted champ ✔️
Multi sport fighter ✔️
You reminded me of old school boxers that had to prove they were the best EVERYWHERE, not this new age pick & choose shit.
It always bothered me that when the sport blew up, nobody got to see you at your best.
I recall me telling you to come to @floydmayweather
‘s gym or meet me in Thailand but you said after you dealt w/an issue.
I wonder if you knew you had it LONG before the media & that’s why you passed so fast after it was announced.
I wonder if we would have ever met again.
RIP Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto.
In an age devoid of true heroes, you were one.
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