One of Japan’s most exciting fights will be making his journey to the octagon.
Several MMA websites have reported that the UFC has signed Tatsuya “The Crusher” Kawajiri, who has competed in several MMA promotions overseas, including: DREAM, ONE FC and Pride. It was reported that Kawajiri will be fighting at featherweight and hopes to fight at the UFC’s January event in Singapore.
The UFC has not made the official announcement at this time. Still, if the Crusher is signed with the UFC, there is no doubt he will bring more excitement to the UFC’s 145-pound division.
Kawajiri would brings impressive fight resume to the octagon. He is a former Shooto Welterweight champion and the 2002 Shooto Welterweight Rookie Tournament champion. He was also a semifinalist in both the 2005 Pride Lightweight Grand Prix and the 2008 DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix.
The Japanese star is also on a five-fight winning streak that includes victories over Drew Fickett, Joachim Hansen and Kazuyuki Miyata. His last defeat came at the hands of Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez in 2011.
As for his skills, Kawajiri not only has good striking , with 12 knockouts on his record, but also he has recently shown off his submission skills, winning three of his last fights by submission.
For fans who have not seen much of Kawajiri in action, I recommend watching his fights in DREAM and Pride, specifically his war against Takanori Gomi in the lightweight tournament.
As for his first match, I hope we get to hear the announcement sooner rather than later.
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