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Kid Yamamoto vs. Ivan Menjivar added to UFC 165

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Kid Yamamoto will return to the octagon in September, after more than 18 months away, when he faces Ivan Menjivar at UFC 165. The promotion announced the bout on Monday.

Yamamoto will still be searching for his first UFC victory. To date, he has lost three times, including a submission loss to Vaughan Lee at UFC 144 in Feb. 2012, his last bout. Since then, he has been on the shelf, although his name surfaced in news reports in April 2012, when it was reported that he helped rescue an unconscious man on the tracks of a Tokyo subway station.

Though there have been few reports of any issues that would have kept Yamamoto out of action for so long, he has had injury issues in the past.

His other two octagon losses came to Darren Uyenoyama and Demetrious Johnson, respectively.

From Sept. 2002 until Dec. 2007, Yamamoto won 14 matches in a row. At that time, he was considered one of the best lower-weight fighters in the world; since then he's just 1-5.

Menjivar will be attempting to rebound from a February submission loss at the hands of Urijah Faber. Since moving to the UFC from WEC, Menjivar is 4-2.

UFC 165 will take place at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Sept. 21, and feature a main event of Jon Jones attempting to defend his light-heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson.

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