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"Crusher"

33-8-2

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
  • Gym/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

Professional 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
#43 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
#58 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 : The Victory of the Truth 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 : Year End Show 2004 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 : Shooter's Dream 2 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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    Highlight  |  "The Ibaraka Hustle" Tatsuya Kawajiri HL Vid by Genghis Con report dead link

    MMA video maker Genghis Con looks at Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri in this two part video. Part 1.

  • Highlight  |  "The Ibaraka Hustle" Tatsuya Kawajiri HL Vid by Genghis Con report dead link

    MMA video maker Genghis Con looks at Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri in this two part video. Part 2. Also covering Takanori Gomi.

  • Highlight  |  UFC Singapore: Debut of Kawajiri report dead link

    Watch the official promo video introducing Tatsuya Kawajiri to the UFC.

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