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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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Takanori Gomi to Avenge to Nick Diaz’s Brother at UFC 135

Written on June 21, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Takanori Gomi seems to be aiming for a revenge against Nick Diaz' younger brother - Nate Diaz - at the UFC 135 event this coming September in Denver.

September’s UFC 135 event at Pepsi Center in Denver just got more exciting, as it features the match between former PRIDE champ – Takanori Gomi – and Nick Diaz’s younger brother — Nate Diaz.

This would not be Gomi’s first fight against the family. In Pride 33 last 2007, Takanori Gomi has been finished by Nick Diaz through gogoplata. However, the said match was declared a “no contest” after Nick Diaz’ marijuana tests turned out positive. Regardless of this decision, the former PRIDE champ still has the memory of a loss against the reigning Strikeforce welterweight king.

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Jeremy Wants Gomi on a Fight, Pay Respect to Downes

Written on June 08, 2011 by Lulu

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After annihilating Downey Downes, UFC lightweight - Jeremy Stephens - wants the former Pride Champion - Takanori Gomi - in a match.

Riding two wins in a row, UFC lightweight – Jeremy Stephens – has proven he is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world. Demonstrating technique and deadly power had made him a force to be afraid of, as evident in his reel knockout on Rafael Dos Anjos and his power punches on Marcus Davis at UFC 125.

Jeremy Stephens got his chance to showcase his skills at the TUF 13 finale last weekend, defeating Danny Downes. He recognizes Danny Downes for being a tough competitor, but he’s still trying to analyze how that didn’t end the fight. Danny Downes, on the other hand, did lastfor 15 minutes but not without nearly losing a part of his body and blood drifting on his face.

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UFC 125: Resolution Predictions

Written on December 30, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 125: Resolution features an incredible cast of UFC performers. But before anything else, Fighting Insider pondered on who's arm will be raised on the upcoming UFC 125: Resolution.

Christmas is all over, and year 2010 will end in just a couple of days. Here at Fighting Insider, we know that fans are planning to welcome 2011 with a bang. Audience and viewers will definitely feel the explosion at MGM Grand Garden Arena, as Frankie Edgar brings his Lightweight championship belt on the line. That being said, Fighting Insider will be giving its fearless forecast on the UFC 125 main card.

Clay Guida vs Takanori Gomi

Though Takanori Gomi swings hammers whenever he throws his punches, it is possible that Clay Guida is aware of it. Guida is well-rounded enough to bag a unanimous decision win from this event, depending on the mentality that he’ll bring. But if he’ll strike for whatever reason, Gomi will definitely land something huge on him, and it might result to Technical Knock Out or Knock Out.

Nate Diaz vs Dong Hyun Kim

This fight will focus on how Nate Diaz evolved during his stay under the UFC banner. And despite being a dark horse for the title shot, he will probably land a TKO on round two or three against Don Hyun Kim.

Brandon Vera vs Thiago Silva

It’s been a long and rocky road for Brandon Vera. This time, one more loss and he will have his three-fight losing streak. And it is a general notion that a three-fight losing streak makes a fighter expendable from UFC. Unfortunately, it seems like Thiago Silva is too much for Brandon Vera to take. Simply put, Thiago Silva will win by unanimous decision.

Chris Leben vs Brian Stann

Brian Stann is a step backwards compared to the talent that Chris Leben has been executing lately. However, Stann’s ambidextrous and powerful arms is something for Leben to worry about. That being said, a loss to Stann can be the worst thing that can happen to him, since Anderson Silva pound his face during his UFC debut. But despite all that pressure, The Crippler will probably land a KO in round one.

Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard

This is the most difficult match-up to predict! Frankie Edgar was able to beat BJ Penn twice. And fans know very well that BJ Penn is one tough fighter. On the other hand, Gray Maynard is an unbeaten contender. And taking both matters at hand into consideration, the UFC 125: Resolution is definitely going to be a war. Both fighters will go five rounds, and audience can expect big takedowns, slams and striking at an amazing pace. But if Maynard didn’t show up in a monster form, Edgar’s uncanny cardio can be his best ally and it might help him land a unanimous decision.

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Guida vs Gomi Bout, Official for UFC 125

Written on October 12, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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It's a big UFC 125 fight between The Fireball Kid and The Carpenter. Fans are definitely in for a steaming hot New Year's day tourney, as the Guida vs Gomi bout is added to the UFC 125 card.

Clay Guida confirmed, during an appearance in ESPN 1000’s MMA Tonight last Sunday, that he’ll be facing Takanori Gomi at UFC 125. Guida already gave a hint about this upcoming match in his tweeter last month. According to his tweet, his next fight will be a “big one” versus a man with “a lot of power in his hands”.

“[Gomi was] One of my favorite fighters growing up watching MMA…I look up to him, and I’m going to look forward to picking him up off the ground after I ground and pound him into the canvas.”

This year, Guida has gone 2-0 after gaining submission victories against Shannon Gugerty and Rafael Dos Anjos. Takanori Gomi, on the other hand, was choked out by Kenny Florian in his UFC debut last March. But Gomi was able to redeem himself after knocking Tyson Griffin in UFC Live: Jones vs Matyunshenko event.

Can Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi heat up the fight for Clay “The Carpenter” Guida?

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