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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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Fickett vs Kawajiri and Mizuno vs Prangley, Set for DREAM Bantamweight GP

Written on July 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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DREAM Fight for Japan: Bantamweight Grand Prix is now all set with one additional bout and one altercation.

Last Wednesday, DREAM Fight for Japan: Bantamweight Grand Prix gets an additional bout and one altercation. After Willamy Freire withdrew from the tournament due to hand injury, Tatsuya Kawajiri will now face Drew Fickett on July 16. Also added to the fight card is a light heavyweight battle between Tatsuya Mizuno and Trevor Prangley.

DREAM Fight for Japan – dubbed as DREAM.17 – will feature a championship duel over Gegard Mousasi vs Hiroshi Izumi and Hiroyuki Takaya vs Kazuyuki Miyata. Mazakasu Imanari will square off against Hideo Tokoro at the Bantamweight Grand Prix finals.

The full card for DREAM.17 is posted after the jump.

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Coker Confirms Strikeforce April 9 Event

Written on March 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It's confirmed! No Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on April 9. But fans are in for Nick Diaz vs Paul Daley and Gilbert Melendez vs Tastuya Kawajiri title bouts.

Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, confirmed that the second Heavyweight Grand Prix will be postponed until June 18. According to his prepared statement, the reason for such delay was to properly capitalize on the success of its Strikeforce: Fedor vs Silva.

In addition to this, Scott Coker revealed that the April 9 event will feature two title fights instead. Nick Diaz will defend welterweight belt against Paul Daley, while lightweight champ – Gilbert Melendez – will meet Tatsuya Kawajiri.

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KJ Noons, Considering April 9 Strikeforce Return

Written on March 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After being in a hiatus for a couple of months, KJ Noons is back at Strikeforce! Will the lightweight division serves him well?

After being sidelined since his October rematch against Nick Diaz, KJ Noons plans to return to Strikeforce on April 9. He will reportedly fight on the promotion’s April 9 lightweight card against a competitor that is yet to be announced. The 28-year-old KJ Noons suffered a broken jaw and left hand last October during his rematch against Strikeforce’s welterweight champion, Nick Diaz.

The April 9 slot was originally meant to host the last two quarterfinals of the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix. However, the bout was moved to June 8 in Dallas. A lightweight title match between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri will likely fill one of the top slots of the show. Nick Diaz is also penciled to defend his welterweight title from Paul Daley. Gegard Mousasi is also rumored to brawl contra Roger Gracie.

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Aoki is Fighting for a Lot of Things

Written on July 09, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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For the first time, he will defend his title against a Japanese opponent. Everything is starting to get serious with Aoki.

Shinya Aoki is known for being a clown, but sudden changes on his attitude occur. Could it be, in any way, relevant to the fact that he’s fighting more and more foreign opponents? Or he’s just being too serious as his fights become tougher? Eitherway, it is no doubt that Japan has turned on Aoki.

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