UFC Confirms Signing of Tatsuya Kawajiri

Written by Tom Ngo
October 22nd, 2013

Strikeforce Dream Tatsuya Kawajiri

On Tuesday afternoon, the UFC confirmed they have inked featherweight Tatsuya Kawajiri (pictured) to a multi-fight contract.

MMAJunkie.com initially reported the signing this morning, which the UFC subsequently confirmed by re-tweeting their article.

Kawajiri owns an impressive 32-7-2 professional record, with all but one of his fights taking place in Asia, primarily his homeland of Japan. He stepped on U.S. soil for the only time to challenge then-Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez for his crown in April 2011.

The “Crusher” was steamrolled for a first round TKO loss. The 35-year-old has since rattled off five straight wins, four of the scraps ending before the final horn.

No word when Kawajiri will make his big league debut.

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