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UFC Signs Japanese Fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri to Their Featherweight Division

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According to a new report, the UFC has just signed Japanese MMA star Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri.

MMAjunkie.com has the report, but no opponent has been named yet for the fighter.

Tatsuya Kawajiri has fought for numerous MMA organizations including Shooto, Pride, K-1, Dream, Strikeforce, and One FC. Howevr, he is probably most famous in the U.S. for his brutal knockout loss to current UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez.

Despite that loss, the 35 year-old Japanese fighter still has an impressive resume to say the least. Since his first fight in 2000, Kawajiri has racked up 32 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws under his belt as a professional mixed martial artist. He’s well rounded, possessing skills in both the striking game and grappling as well. Since suffering his knockout loss to Gilbert Melendez in 2011, Kawajiri has won his last five straight fights, 3 by submission, 1 by technical knockout and 1 recent unanimous decision. He has also made the move down a weight class to the featherweight division, which many MMA fans would agree is a better weight class for him.

Kawajiri’s well-rounded skills and experience make him a great addition to the UFC’s featherweight lineup. The question is: who will he fight first?