Tatsuya Kawajiri has an impressive 41 fights on his record, and he believes that with just a few more, the UFC will give him a crack at the featherweight title.
“I think three wins will get me there,” Kawajiri told MMAJunkie. “My goal is to win three in 2014.”
A PRIDE, Shooto, K-1, DREAM, and Strikeforce veteran, “Crusher” will finally be making his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 34 this weekend.
“I always thought someday I would fight in the UFC,” he stated. “Finally, I get to step on the world’s best stage. This is going to be my last challenge. I want to make sure I do everything I can.”
The 35 year old fighter has been in the MMA game for 14 years, racking up a 32-7-1 record, but championship titles have so far eluded him. He’s currently undefeated since dropping to featherweight though, and is riding a five fight winning streak that goes back two years.
Kawajiri feels that now is his time to shine, and he has his eyes set on Jose Aldo’s championship belt.
“I’m going to approach [my UFC debut] as if I’m fighting Jose Aldo. Of course I’m always imagining my fight, but the ultimate goal in my mind is facing a champion.”
“I want to break my opponent’s heart, and I want him to say, ‘I don’t ever want to fight this guy again.’ I want to beat him up. Keep on attacking. Keep on offense. That’s the focus.”
Kawajiri will face fellow UFC newcomer Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 34 on Saturday.