Tatsuya Kawajiri (Japanese: 川尻達也, born May 8, 1978) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and a former Shooto welterweight champion, currently competing in Dream's featherweight division. He is nicknamed the "Crusher" for his devastating power and ground and pound fighting style.
Kawajiri's Bushido Tournament match with Takanori Gomi was voted as Pride Fighting Championship's Fight of the Year.
During the early stages of 2005, Kawajiri was considered by many mixed martial arts publications to be the #1 Lightweight fighter in the world.
He was born in the Inashiki District of Ibaraki Prefecture. He graduated from Chuo Gakuin University.
Kawajiri is nicknamed " The Crusher" for his strength in the clinch and his "Ground and Pound" techniques.He can bench 10 reps of 120kg before his fight with Kultar Gill.http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/3/27/2906096/tatsuya-kawajiri-conquered-fear-of-flying-still-not-training-in-a-cage
Kawajiri's professional career started in Japan's Shooto organization where he lost to Takumi Nakayama via rear naked choke 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...