Q: If you had to come up with a top five ranking at 145 lbs., who would be in it?
UF: You know, I don’t know a lot of the guys in Japan that they got in the rankings right now. I know (Shinya) Aoki, Jeff (Curran) and Kid Yamamoto should be up there. He’s (Yamamoto) done some incredible things (and has) some flashy knockouts; he’s got good power and high-caliber wrestling. He’s an incredible athlete. I think he and I are probably two at the top list and the list just goes down from there.
Q: Speaking of Yamamoto, the last time I interviewed you, you expressed an interest in fighting him. Have you gone to Zuffa to ask them to help facilitate a match with Kid Yamamoto?
UF: Yeah, I have. And actually, I’m under contract to the WEC, but I was contacted by K-1 and offered the fight last September. Somebody said something and I put them in touch with my manager and we’re not even allowed to talk about it with them because I’m under contract. It wasn’t going to happen but he knows who I am and I think that’s a big fight for both of us.
Make it happen, Zuffa! These guys are the clear #1 and #2 guys in the 145 lb. division and this is a fight that could put WEC on the map as a promotion if the UFC is serious about building that brand.