8 May 1978 |
Inashiki, Ibaraki, Japan
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||64.9 kg (143 lb; 10.22 st)|
|Reach||69 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Ibaraki, Japan|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tatsuya Kawajiri (Japanese: 川尻達也, born May 8, 1978) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championships competing in the Featherweight division. He is a former Shooto Lightweight Champion, and has also competed in PRIDE, DREAM, Strikeforce, ONE FC. Kawajiri also participated in the Yarennoka! event as well as Dynamite!! 2009 and Dynamite!! 2010, representing DREAM in both events.
Kawajiri's fight at PRIDE Bushido 9 with Takanori Gomi was voted as PRIDE Fighting Championship's Fight of the Year. In 2005, Kawajiri was considered by many mixed martial arts publications to be the #1 Lightweight fighter in the world. As of March 10, 2014, he is #14 in official UFC Featherweight rankings.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and Accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 K-1 / Kickboxing record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Kawajiri was born in the Inashiki District of Ibaraki Prefecture and competed in baseball from elementary school through middle school before he transitioned into track and field in high school. At the age of 19, Kawajiri viewed the 1997 K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinal match between Ernesto Hoost and Francisco Filho, persuading him to begin training in combat sports. Kawajiri graduated from Chuo Gakuin University.
Mixed martial arts career
Kawajiri's professional career started in Japan's Shooto organization where he lost to Takumi Nakayama via rear-naked choke submission at 2:44 of the first round. After this loss Kawajiri went on to fight Yohei Suzuki to a Draw at Shooto's "Wanna Shooto 2001." He would then remain undefeated in Shooto until a disappointing decision loss to future Shooto Lightweight Champion Vitor Ribeiro in 2002. He would then continue on a new winning streak eventually rematching Ribeiro to capture the Lightweight Championship at Shooto's 2004 Year-End show.
On May 22, 2005 Kawajiri made his debut in PRIDE and score a quick TKO over In Seok Kim. He went on to score a one-sided victory over Luis Firmino at PRIDE Bushido 8 on July 17, 2005. On 25 September, he entered PRIDE's inaugural Lightweight tournament in hopes of eventually being crowned the first PRIDE Lightweight Champion as well as holding the Shooto Championship at the same time. His first match in the tournament was against superstar Takanori Gomi. Gomi ended up knocking down Kawajiri after a flurry of punches and proceeded to submit him with a rear-naked choke 7:42 into the first round.
In between Shooto and PRIDE
Kawajiri went back to Shooto to defend his Shooto Lightweight Champion against Norwegian Joachim Hansen. The match was stopped eight seconds into the first round when Hansen was disqualified for kicking Kawajiri in the groin, making Kawajiri the victor. Kawajiri came back to PRIDE in a fight against Charles Bennett whom he submitted by kneebar after 2:30 in the first round. He then made another PRIDE appearance in which he fought Chris Brennan and scored an even quicker victory 29 seconds in the first round by TKO. His next fight was a non-title bout against Per Eklund in Shooto where he scored a TKO at 4:10 into the first round.
Kawajiri return to PRIDE was at PRIDE Shockwave 2006 on New Year's Eve. There he lost a controversial decision to at the time undefeated American fighter and rising star in the Lightweight division, Gilbert Melendez.
On January 23, 2007, Kawajiri relinquished his Shooto title because he could not defend his title by the next Shooto event due to a thumb injury that occurred with his fight against Melendez.
Fighting and Entertainment Group
At DREAM 5 Kawajiri lost a semi-final match-up to Eddie Alvarez by TKO at 7:35 of the first round. This slugfest with Alvarez saw both men dropping the other repeatedly with punches and the fight was named 2008 Fight of the Year by several MMA outlets, including Sherdog.
On May 26, 2009, Kawajiri defeated Gesias Cavalcante via unanimous decision. Kawajiri used his strong wrestling and ground and pound to great effect, and he was also able to frustrate Cavalcante by matching him in the striking game on the feet.
Kawajiri next faced Guam's Melchor Manibusan, who had not fought in several years in a match that was not expected to be comptetive for Kawajiri. Indeed on October 5, 2009, at DREAM 11, Kawajiri overwhelmed his opponent. Kawajiri easily took down his foe after a wild start in which Manibusan rushed Kawajiri with a flurry of punches, then used his trademark ground and pound to force the TKO via strikes at 3:48 of the first round. On December 22, 2009, it was announced that Kawajiri would be taking on Sengoku Lightweight Kazunori Yokota in a Sengoku vs. DREAM fight at the annual Dynamite!! event on New Year's Eve in Saitama, Japan. He went on to defeat Yokota via unanimous decision.
Kawajiri faced Champion Shinya Aoki at DREAM 15 for the Lightweight Championship in a highly anticipated match up as the two are both from PRIDE and were meant to have fought in the now defunct organization. Kawajiri lost via submission at 1:53 into the first round.
Kawajiri faced UFC veteran Drew Fickett at DREAM: Japan GP Final. Kawajiri rebounded from his loss against Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez by pounding out Fickett (TKO). Kawajiri finished Fickett with strikes less than five minutes into the fight.
After finishing two opponents consecutively, Kawajiri faced Kazuyuki Miyata at a tie-in event called Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 promoted and presented by M-1 Global, DREAM, and the Inoki Genome Federation that took place on December 31, 2011 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Kawajiri defeated Miyata via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:54 of the second round. This now making it three straight victories in a finishing fashion.
While still having a joint-contract with the DREAM organization, with his next bout being at DREAM 18 on 31 December 2012, he fought long time World Victory Road and UFC veteran: Michihiro Omigawa. Kawajiri defeated Omigawa via unanimous decision; Kawajiri's longest win streak since early-2005.
Kawajiri fought K-1 veteran Kozo Takeda at Dynamite!! 2008 winning by 1st round KO. His next K-1 fight was at K-1 World Max 2009 Final 8 against Masato who defeated Kawajiri by TKO at 1:43 in the second round.
ONE Fighting Championship
In 2012, after long stints with JMMA organizations and more so DREAM, PRIDE FC. He signed a contract to an up-and-coming Vale Tudo incorporated with Unified Rules organization called ONE Fighting Championship - much like PRIDE FC - with its intent to revive that aspect of mixed martial arts; based out of Kallang, Singapore.
Kawajiri's debut bout on 31 March 2012 in the ONE FC organization, in the event ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions against Donald Sanchez, in which he added to his fight win streak by defeating Sanchez via submission (triangle choke) at 3:27 of the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On October 22, 2013 it was announced that Kawajiri has signed with the UFC. Kawajiri was expected to face Hacran Dias on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 34, however, Dias pulled out of the bout citing an injury. Kawajiri eventually faced promotional newcomer Sean Soriano at the event. He won the fight via technical submission in the second round.
Championships and Accomplishments
- PRIDE Fighting Championships
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|43 matches||33 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||33–8–2||Clay Guida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson||April 11, 2014||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Fight of the Night|
|Win||33–7–2||Sean Soriano||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim||January 4, 2014||2||0:50||Marina Bay, Singapore|
|Win||32–7–2||Michihiro Omigawa||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 18||December 31, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||31–7–2||Donald Sanchez||Submission (triangle choke)||ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions||March 31, 2012||1||3:27||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||30–7–2||Kazuyuki Miyata||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011||December 31, 2011||2||4:54||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||29–7–2||Joachim Hansen||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||DREAM 17||September 24, 2011||3||2:30||Saitama, Japan||Featherweight debut|
|Win||28–7–2||Drew Fickett||TKO (punches)||DREAM: Japan GP Final||July 16, 2011||1||4:41||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||27–7–2||Gilbert Melendez||TKO (elbows)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley||April 9, 2011||1||3:14||San Diego, California, United States||For Strikeforce Lightweight Championship|
|Win||27–6–2||Josh Thomson||Decision (unanimous)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||26–6–2||Shinya Aoki||Technical Submission (achilles lock)||DREAM 15||July 10, 2010||1||1:53||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||For DREAM Lightweight Championship|
|Win||26–5–2||Kazunori Yokota||Decision (unanimous)||Dynamite!! 2009||December 31, 2009||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||25–5–2||Melchor Manibusan||TKO (punches)||DREAM 11||October 6, 2009||1||3:48||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||24–5–2||Gesias Cavalcante||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 9||May 26, 2009||2||5:00||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||23–5–2||Ross Ebañez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||DREAM 7||March 8, 2009||1||4:03||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||22–5–2||Eddie Alvarez||TKO (punches)||DREAM 5||July 21, 2008||1||7:35||Osaka, Japan||Semifinal Round of DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix|
|Win||22–4–2||Luiz Firmino||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 3||May 11, 2008||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Quarterfinal Round of DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix|
|Win||21–4–2||Kultar Gill||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 1||March 15, 2008||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Opening Round of DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix|
|Win||20–4–2||Luiz Azeredo||Decision (unanimous)||Yarennoka!||December 31, 2007||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||19–4–2||Gilbert Melendez||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Shockwave 2006||December 31, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||19–3–2||Per Eklund||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Champion Carnival||October 14, 2006||1||4:10||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||18–3–2||Chris Brennan||TKO (knee & punches)||PRIDE Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||0:29||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||17–3–2||Charles Bennett||Submission (kneebar)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||1||2:30||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||16–3–2||Joachim Hansen||DQ (kick to groin)||Shooto: The Victory of the Truth||February 17, 2006||1||0:08||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Shooto World Welterweight Championship|
|Loss||15–3–2||Takanori Gomi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PRIDE Bushido 9||September 25, 2005||1||7:42||Tokyo, Japan||PRIDE 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||15–2–2||Luiz Firmino||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||2||5:00||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||14–2–2||In Seok Kim||TKO (corner stoppage)||PRIDE Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||1||3:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–2–2||Jani Lax||TKO (punches)||Shooto 2005: 4/23 in Hakata Star Lanes||April 23, 2005||1||4:42||Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan|
|Win||12–2–2||Vitor Ribeiro||TKO (punches)||Shooto 2004: Year-End Show||December 14, 2004||2||3:11||Tokyo, Japan||Won Shooto World Lightweight Championship|
|Win||11–2–2||Mindaugas Laurinaitis||TKO (punches)||Shooto 2004: 9/26 in Korakuen Hall||September 26, 2004||2||2:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||10–2–2||Caol Uno||Draw||Shooto 2004: 3/22 in Korakuen Hall||March 22, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–2–1||Ryan Bow||TKO (punches)||Shooto 2003: Year-End Show||December 14, 2003||1||4:21||Urayasu, Chiba, Japan|
|Win||9–2–1||Yves Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto 2003: 8/10 in Yokohama Gymnasium||August 10, 2003||3||5:00||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||8–2–1||Takumi Nakayama||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Shooter's Dream 2||May 30, 2003||1||3:44||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–2–1||Vitor Ribeiro||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Year End Show 2002||December 14, 2002||3||5:00||Urayasu, Chiba, Japan|
|Win||7–1–1||Ken Omatsu||Submission (armbar)||Shooto: Gig West 3||October 27, 2002||1||4:40||Osaka, Japan||Shooto Rookie Tournament Final.|
|Win||6–1–1||Tsutomu Shiiki||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: Treasure Hunt 8||July 19, 2002||1||4:42||Tokyo, Japan||Shooto Rookie Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||5–1–1||Daisuke Sugie||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Gig East 9||May 28, 2002||2||4:19||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–1–1||Takeshi Yamazaki||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Wanna Shooto Japan||April 21, 2002||2||5:00||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–1–1||Masaya Takita||TKO (swollen eye)||Shooto: Treasure Hunt 4||March 13, 2002||2||1:22||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan||Shooto Rookie Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||2–1–1||Kazumichi Takada||Technical Submission (triangle armbar)||Shooto: To The Top 9||September 27, 2001||1||3:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–1–1||Yohei Suzuki||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: Gig East 2||May 22, 2001||1||2:42||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||0–1–1||Yohei Suzuki||Draw||Shooto: Wanna Shooto 2001||April 8, 2001||2||5:00||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Takumi Nakayama||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. 4||April 12, 2000||1||2:44||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
K-1 / Kickboxing record
|2 Wins (1 (T)KO's), 1 Losses (1 (T)KO's)|
|2–1||2014-01-12||Win||Kiren Handa||Hoost Cup: Spirit 3||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00||Telepia Hall, Nagoya, Japan|
|1–1||2009-07-13||Loss||Masato Kobayashi||K-1 World Max 2009 Final 8||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||2||1:43||Yokohama, Japan|
|1–0||2008-12-31||Win||Kozo Takeda||Dynamite!! 2008||KO||1||2:47||Saitama, Japan|
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