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UFC signs Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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MMA veteran Tatsuya Kawaijiri signs with UFC. He will be making his promotional debut in UFC's first ever event in Singapore

Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri has finally signed with the biggest MMA organization after 13 years of MMA career. Crusher, who was once considered as one of the best 155 lb fighters in the world has started fighting in the Shooto organization. Kawajiri has also competed in Pride FC’s 2005 lightweight Grand Prix. He was defeated by Takanori Gomi in the quarterfinals of the said tournament.

He later competed in Dream and Strikeforce where he went into title contention only to be turned back by Shinya Aoki and Gilbert Melendez. Since then, Kawajiri racked up 5 straight wins including a decision win over Michihiro Omigawa in the final event of Dream. The 35 year old Japanese holds victories over Yves Edwards, JZ Cavalcante, Joachim Hansen and Josh Thomson. His professional  record currently stands at 32-7-2. Kawajiri is rumored to make his first octagon appearance in UFC’s upcoming Singapore debut on January 4, 2014.

[Photos from stsport.pl]

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Tatsuya Kawajiri: Drops to Featherweight and Meets “Hellboy” at DREAM 17

Written on August 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Tatsuya Kawajiri is making a move to featherweight, and is set to meet Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen at DREAM 17.

After his failed attempts to get the Lightweight titles in Strikeforce and DREAM, Tatsuya Kawajiri will make his featherweight debut at DREAM 17 against Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen. Dream officials announced the additional match-up to their September 24 event.

Both fighters briefly met in a 2006 Shooto title bout, wherein Tatsuya Kawajiri gained a disqualification victory after receiving an inadvertent kick in the groin from Joachim Hansen.

DREAM 17, which will take place in the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, will feature the promotion’s opening round for its eight-man bantamweight title tournament. Also included in the said tournament is a lightweight tilt between Shinya Aoki and Rob McCullough.

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DREAM’s Fight for Japan Adds Two Featherweight Bouts

Written on April 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Hansen vs Ishida and Uno vs Nishiura were two featherweight bouts added to DREAM's Fight for Japan card this May 29.

DREAM added two featherweight bouts for its upcoming Fight for Japan event. The May 29 tournament will also feature a battle between Joachim Hansen versus Mitsuhiro Ishida, and another brawl pitting Caol Uno contra Akiyo Nishiura. DREAM’s Fight for Japan producer, Keiichi Sasahara, also revealed that current DREAM featherweight champion – Hiroyuki Takaya – will likely return to defend his title this summer.

As reported last week, Fight for Japan will grace the promotion’s quarterfinals and semifinals of its bantamweight grand prix. The event will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on May 29.

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Shaping Up: DREAM.16 Fight Card

Written on September 06, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Building a fight card for DREAM.16 has faced many hurdles on its way. And though it raised some eyebrows from the media, FEG was able to make form for the event.

Finally! After three weeks out, the DREAM.16 fight card is already shaping up. Last Sunday, Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) revealed some of the matches that will be featured in the event. DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki will face Marcus Aurelio in a non-title match, Kazuyuki Miyata will fight against Takeshi Inoue, and Joachim Hansen will try to make his first win at the featherweight versus Hideo Tokoro. DREAM’s official YouTube Channel, on the other hand, confirmed that Kazushi Sakuraba will compete against Jayson Miller.

Kazuyuki Miyata was supposed to have a match versus Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro, but was scratched off late during the negotiation. The DREAM vs SRC aspect of DREAM.16 was also abandoned after an unsuccessful agreement between DREAM representatives and Sengoku. The event is scheduled for September 25, at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and is set to air live in North America via HDNet. DREAM.16 will serve as the final for DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, and is expected to crown the first champion in the division.

DREAM.16 – Sept. 25th at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan

Light Heavyweight Championship
Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno

Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio
Joachim Hansen vs. Hideo Tokoro
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

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