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UFC Confirms Signing of Tatsuya Kawajiri

Written by Tom Ngo
October 22nd, 2013
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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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