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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.

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One FC Total Domination results: Fernandez unifies bantamweight title; Aoki victorious in featherweight debut

Written on October 19, 2013 by Hector

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Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandez victorious in the recently held One FC: Total Domination

Bibiano Fernandez became One FC’s undisputed bantamweight champion when he outpointed the inaugural champ Soo Chul Kim in a hard fought unification match. Fernandez, a three time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, imposed his game on his 21 year old opponent by taking him down at will. He spent the most part of the fight at the top of his opponent but he never came close to finishing the fight due to Kim’s excellent defense in the ground. The Korean will later have his brief moment of success when he landed a takedown of his own towards the closing parts of the 4th round. In the end, his efforts went in vain as Fernandez came out victorious after the five grueling rounds.

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Shinya Aoki Not a Part of the “ONE FC: Pride of a Nation” Event Card

Written on August 27, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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ONE FC's “Pride of a Nation” event is set to be held in the Philippines, this weekend

Asian based MMA promotion, ONE Fighting Championship, brings their latest event, “Pride of a Nation”, to the Philippines this weekend. It features an 11 bout card, headlined by a by a bantamweight bout between Bibiano ‘The Flash’ Fernandes and Gustavo Falciroli.

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Quick Results for Bellator 66: Alvarez vs. Aoki

Written on April 21, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Alvarez defeated Aoki with a first round knock out, wants to fight Bjorn Rebney next.

Bellator 66 concluded its event at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, last Friday. The bout was headlined by former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez and DREAM champ Shinya Aoki.

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Shinya Aoki Will to Prove Himself in Bellator 66

Written on April 19, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki to show "Japanese MMA are still at the top level" in this Friday's Bellator 66 event

DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki will have a rematch with Eddie Alvarez in the main card of Bellator 66. Aoki and Alvarez last fought in the DREAM ‘Dynamite!! 2008 event. where Aoki came out as the winner.

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Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki, to Meet at Bellator’s 2012 Campaign

Written on August 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Two lightweight champions of different promotion, Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki, as slated to meed again in 2012.

Eddie Alvarez may get a second crack on Shinya Aoki yet, as both of them are set for a lightweight duel in Bellator Fighting Championships next year. Bout agreements have been distributed, and the two fighters are expected to ink the deal shortly. And while Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki are both lightweight champions of Bellator and DREAM respectively, no title will be up for grabs when the tournament takes place.

Both of them met on New Year 2008, wherein the Japanese submission specialist ended the American’s night early. Shinya Aoki slapped a tight heel hook on Eddie Alvarez, forcing the latter to submit in just 92 seconds.

But since then, the Bellator lightweight champion rattled off seven consecutive wins in Bellator and Dream. Eddie Alvarez won the title in 2009. On the other hand, Shinya Aoki has won eight of his last nine fights — including a five-fight win streak. He is set to meet the former WEC champion, Rob McCullough, at DREAM 17 in Saitama, Japan.

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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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Possible Bout for Clementi Against Aoki at DREAM ‘Fight for Japan’

Written on May 18, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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UFC veteran Rich Clementi sees possibility to have a toe-to-toe fight against Shinya Aoki at DREAM 'Fight for Japan.'

Rich Clementi, a UFC veteran, has the nearest chance to fight Shinya Aoki at Dream “Fight for Japan” on May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitam, Japan. This report was according to FEG USA’s Mike Kogan. Kogan has twitted that both parties has already agreed in the bout and they only have to sign the contract to make it official.

Rich Clementi has 7-7 record in the UFC including back to back losses to Gray Maynard and Gleison Tibau that led into his release by the organization.

In connection to Rich Clementi and Shinya Aoki bout, Jamie Varner was also named as possible opponent for Aoki but he and William Freire was unable to the fight due to various reasons. BJ Penn’s student Shane Nelson was also in the list for Aoki’s possible opponent but its possibility has not push through.

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Antonio McKee, Unable to Fight Shinya Aoki Due to Visa Issues

Written on May 17, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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Antonio McKee, being unable to obtain a visa, has slipped his chance to take his much-anticipated bout with Shinya Aoki at the DREAM 'Fight for Japan.'

Antonio McKee will not be able to fight Shinya Aoki on DREAM’s “Fight for Japan” on May 29, after he was unable to present his visa. FEG promoter – Mike Kogan – reacted to this report, insisting that the bout between Antonio McKee and Shinya Aoki is canceled due to other reasons and not in the former’s visa.

That said, Jamie Varner was tapped to replace Antonio McKee and facing Shinya Aoki. The DREAM “Fight for Japan” is a charity event that would help the victims last March’s Japan earthquake, and will take place at Saitama Super Arena.

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Shinya Aoki vs Lyle Beerbohm, Set for Strikeforce April 9 Card

Written on March 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A very interesting match-up was made by Strikeforce, as Shinya Aoki faces Lyle Beerbohm at the promotion's April 9 card.

Rumors on who will face Shinya Aoki at Strikeforce’s April 9 card has been rampant for weeks now. Names like Hiroyuki Takaya and Gesias Calvancante emerged, but it seems that Lyle Beerbohm will be the one to challenge the Japanese grappler.

If not bizarre, the Shinya Aoki vs Lyle Beerbohm fight is an interesting match-up for Strikeforce to make. Lyle Beerbohm was on a 15-fight winning streak, after suffering his first loss to Pat Healy last February. Shinya Aoki, on the other hand, carries a three-fight victory sweep before acquiring a knockout loss from Yuichiro Nagashima at Dynamite! 2010.

Check out the current fight card for Strikeforce’s April 9 event.

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