Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dream 17 Update: Tatsuya Kawajiri to Face Joachim Hansen in Featherweight Debut

Dream lightweight standout Tatsuya Kawajiri will make his featherweight (143 lbs.) debut at Dream 17. Kawajiri will face another standout Dream fighter in Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen.

Kawajiri has gone 2-2 in his last four outings, falling to Shinya Aoki and Gilbert Melendez in Dream and Strikeforce title affairs, respectively. He drew a first round TKO over Drew Fickett in his last appearance at  the Dream Bantamweight Japan Tournament Final.

The bout will be Kawajiri and Hansen's second meeting. Kawajiri made his first (and only) Shooto Welterweight title defense against Hansen, defeating the Scandinavian fighter via disqualification. Hansen landed a punishing kick to Kawajiri's groin just seconds into the first round. Peep the video below; nut crushing takes place at the 1:18 mark.

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