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"Crusher"

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Tatsuya Kawajiri

Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri

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  • Given Name: 川尻達也 Kawajiri Tatsuya
  • Professional MMA Record: 33-8-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Crusher
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1978.05.08
  • Last Fight: April 11, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: T-Blood
  • Height: 5'7" (171cm) | Reach: 69.0" (175cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $147,613 USD
  • Born: Inashiki, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Inashiki, Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Tatsuya Kawajiri knowing as "The Crusher" is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter born in Ibaraki, Japan on May 8, 1978. Kawajiri was inspired to become a mixed martial arts fighter after watching Nobuhiko Takada vs. Rickson Gracie from PRIDE 1. Kawajiri also compliments Japanese MMA fighter Hayato "Mach" Sakurai as one of his MMA inspirations.


Although he lost his professional MMA debut against Takumi Nakayama in 2000, that would not be a sign of things to come for the popular Japanese fighter affectionately known as “Crusher.” Since his debut, Tatsuya Kawajiri has fought and defeated some of the best fighters in the lightweight division, including Yves Edwards, Joachim Hansen, Luiz Azeredo, and Gesias Calvancante, and he has only been knocked out in one fight, when Eddie Alvarez defeated him in one of the most exciting and talked-about fights of 2008. Kawajiri hurt Alvarez considerably and repeatedly in that fight, a testament to his heavy hands.


After fighting some of the world's best at 155 pounds, Kawajiri would make the drop to featherweight after a TKO victory over veteran Drew Fickett. He made his featherweight debut in a rematch against Joachim Hansen at DREAM 17, and won by third round arm triangle choke. Since making the drop to 145, Kawajiri is undefeated in this new weight class, submitting all three of his opponents as a featherweight. "Crusher" is also currently contracted to One FC.


In addition to his knockout power and considerable grappling ability, Kawajiri is unique among Japanese mixed martial artists in that he is one of the few Asian fighters to have truly embraced a more modern style of combat, electing to mix up his striking with a western-style grappling and inflicting serious damage from top position on the ground.


He has made a habit of appearing on Dream's annual New Years Eve Show. He would fight Michihiro Omigawa in his fourth straight NYE show at Dream 18 winning by Unanimous Decision.


Kawajiri also has competed in kickboxing, as he made his K-1 debut fighting Kozo Takeda at Dynamite!! 2008. Kawajiri successfully defeated Takeda by KO with 13 seconds remaining in the first round. Kawajiri however quickly stepped up and fought K-1 legend, Masato at the K-1 World Max 2009 Final event in a fight where Kawajiri was brutally battered to a TKO corner stoppage in 1:43 of the second when Kawajiri's corner saw and threw the towel in to save Kawajiri in the battle.


He would finally be signed to the UFC and would get a submission in the second round against Sean Soriano. He is now set to face Clay Guida in his next match at UFC Fight Night 39.

Last updated 04.02.2014, 2:52 PM ET
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Tatsuya Kawajiri Featherweight Ranking History

Tatsuya Kawajiri MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Clay Guida
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.04.11
Odds: +120 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
#29 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 39 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
0:50 Round 2 of 3, 5:50 Total

Sean Soriano
Ref: Steve Perceval

UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs. Lim
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.01.04
Odds: -120 Near Even | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
#41 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
#5 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
Cancelled Bout Hacran Dias UFC UFN 34 2014.01.04
Reason: Dias Hand Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Michihiro Omigawa
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Dream 18: Special NYE 2012
Main Event | Featherweight | 66 kg

2012.12.31
Odds: -260 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 143.3 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
3:27 Round 1 of 3

Donald Sanchez
Ref: Matt Hume

ONE FC 3: War of the Lions
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2012.03.31
Odds: -420 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 145.2 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
4:54 Round 2 of 3, 9:54 Total

Kazuyuki Miyata
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Dream: Fight For Japan! New Year! 2011
Main Card | Featherweight | 65 kg

2011.12.31
Odds: -310 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 143.3 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
2:30 Round 3 of 3, 12:30 Total

Joachim Hansen

Dream 17
Main Card | Featherweight | 65 kg

2011.09.24
Odds: -225 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 143.08 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:41 Round 1 of 2

Drew Fickett
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Dream: Fight For Japan! 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2011.07.16
Odds: -325 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.324 lbs
Cancelled Bout Willamy Freire Dream 2011.07.16
Reason: Freire Hand Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Elbows
3:14 Round 1 of 5

Gilbert Melendez
Ref: Cecil Peoples

Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2011.04.09
Odds: +250 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $97,613 Base | Weigh-In: 154.25 lbs
#35 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Josh Thomson
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Fields Dynamite!! 2010
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2010.12.31
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.324 lbs
Loss | Submission | Leglock
1:53 Round 1 of 3

Shinya Aoki
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Dream 15: Light Heavyweight GP Opening Round
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 70 kg

2010.07.10
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.3 lbs
#93 Greatest Submission of All Time
#6 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Kazunori Yokota
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Fields Dynamite!! 2009
Main Card | Lightweight

2009.12.31
Odds: -425 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:48 Round 1 of 2

Melchor Manibusan
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Dream 11: Featherweight & Superhulk GP Finale
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2009.10.06
Odds: -1800 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.1 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gesias Cavalcante
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Dream 9: Featherweight GP 2009 Second Round
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2009.05.26
Odds: +150 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 154.3 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
4:03 Round 1 of 2

Ross Ebanez
Ref: Samio Kimura

Dream 7: Featherweight GP 2009 First Round
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2009.03.08
Odds: -538 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
7:35 Round 1 of 2

Eddie Alvarez
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Dream 5: Lightweight GP 2008 Final Round
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 70 kg

2008.07.21
Odds: -128 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 153.5 lbs
#61 Greatest Fight of All Time
#19 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Luiz Firmino
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Dream 3: Lightweight GP 2008 Second Round
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 70 kg

2008.05.11
Odds: -404 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kultar Gill

Dream 1: Lightweight GP 2008 First Round
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 70 kg

2008.03.15
Odds: -726 Huge Favorite
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Luiz Azeredo
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Yarennoka!: New Years Eve 2007
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2007.12.31
Odds: -380 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gilbert Melendez
Ref: Samio Kimura

Pride Shockwave 2006
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2006.12.31
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Per Eklund

Shooto

2006.10.14
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:29 Round 1 of 2

Chris Brennan

Pride Bushido 12: Bushido Survival 2nd Round
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2006.08.26
Win | Submission | Leglock
2:30 Round 1 of 2

Charles Bennett
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Bushido 11: Bushido Survival
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2006.06.04
Odds: -1000 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Win | Disqualificaton

Joachim Hansen

Shooto

2006.02.17
Loss | Submission | Choke
7:42 Round 1 of 2

Takanori Gomi
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Bushido 9
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 73 kg

2005.09.25
Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
#25 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Luiz Firmino
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Bushido 8
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2005.07.17
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
3:28 Round 2 of 2, 13:28 Total

In Seok Kim
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Bushido 7
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2005.05.22
Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jani Lax

Shooto

2005.04.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Vitor Ribeiro

Shooto

2004.12.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Mindaugas Laurinaitis

Shooto

2004.09.26
Draw

Caol Uno

Shooto

2004.03.22
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Ryan Bow

Shooto

2003.12.14
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Yves Edwards

Shooto

2003.08.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Takumi Nakayama

Shooto

2003.05.30
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Vitor Ribeiro

Shooto

2002.12.14
Win | Submission | Armlock

Ken Omatsu

Shooto

2002.10.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Tsutomu Shiiki

Shooto

2002.07.19
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Daisuke Sugie

Shooto

2002.05.28
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Takeshi Yamazaki

Shooto

2002.04.21
Win | KO/TKO

Masaya Takita

Shooto

2002.03.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Kazumichi Takada

Shooto

2001.09.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Yohei Suzuki

Shooto

2001.05.22
Draw

Yohei Suzuki

Shooto

2001.04.08
Loss | Submission | Choke

Takumi Nakayama

Shooto

2000.04.12

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