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Thread: Source: Tatsuya Kawajiri Signs with UFC, Wants on January Card in Singapore

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    Source: Tatsuya Kawajiri Signs with UFC, Wants on January Card in Singapore




    Tatsuya Kawajiri, one of the most highly regarded lighter weight fighters in the world, will next compete inside the UFC's octagon.

    The Japanese featherweight, who most recently fought for DREAM in December 2012, has signed a deal with the UFC, sources close to the situation told MMAjunkie.com. While no first fight has been set, sources said Kawajiri hopes to make his UFC debut in January in Singapore.

    The UFC has not yet announced Kawajiri's signing.

    Kawajiri (32-7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has fought outside of Asia just once – a 2011 Strikeforce loss to Gilbert Melendez for the now-defunct promotion's lightweight title. That fight resulted in a first-round TKO loss in San Diego.

    Since then, Kawajiri has won five straight fights for DREAM, as well as ONE FC, with four coming by stoppage. In 2011, after the loss to Melendez, he stopped Drew Fickett with punches and submitted Joachim Hansen and Kazuyuki Miyata.

    The 35-year-old is a former Shooto champion who also fought for PRIDE, where he lost to Melendez for the first time in December 2006.

    In PRIDE, Kawajiri was submitted by Takanori Gomi in the 2005 lightweight grand prix quarterfinals in a fight that went down in that promotion's history as one of its best ever.

    In DREAM, Kawajiri had much success, but fell short of the pinnacle for that promotion, as well. In 2008, he was stopped by Eddie Alvarez in the semifinals of the lightweight grand prix. And in 2010, he was submitted by Shinya Aoki going after his lightweight title.

    But some of the names in the win column on Kawajiri's resume are highly regarded fighters like Josh Thomson, who in December challenges Anthony Pettis for the UFC's lightweight title, Gesias Cavalcante and Yves Edwards.

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    Crusher!!
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    Gomi rematch anyone?

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    I'm always skeptical of JMMAs coming over to the states. Give him Cody McKenzie as a warm up.
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    Wow, pretty damn big signing.

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    bout damn time.. wonder if he'll fight at lw or fw?
    lemme touch your feet

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    The whole article highlights his losses, odd way the create hype.
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    He will have nothing to do agaimst Top competition, but he is an entertaining fighter. Hopes he does well.

    Or probably he will be another japanese with a high profile who will lose, lose and lose and in a year he will be cut.
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff


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    Words cannot describe how sweet Crusher's signing is, I fucking love this guy and hopefully, he continues his run at FW as he's looked stellar in his bouts at 145.

    I'd give him Do Bronx, Stephens or Gamburyan, he's ready to make a splash against the top 15s at FW.

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    nice pull for zuffa. looking forward to him in the octagon, hope he does wonderfully.

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