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.