Featherweights Tatsuya Kawajiri and Michihiro Omigawa have been bouncing around the MMA scene in Japan for a long time with each establishing himself as one of the nation’s biggest stars. However, interestingly enough, the two talented grapplers have never actually faced off inside the ring.
Fortunately for fans, that will change on December 31 when DREAM returns to the scene thanks to a co-promoted show with kickboxing staple Glory Sports International. Earlier today a press release from GSI confirmed a bout between the two veterans was the latest fight to join the impressive New Year’s Eve effort, scheduled for Saitama Super Arena.
Kawajiri (31-7-2) is on a four-fight run with all the wins featuring finishes including those over Drew Fickett and Joachim Hansen. The 34-year old fan-favorite has also found past success against the likes of Gesias Cavalcante, Yves Edwards, and Josh Thomson.
Meanwhile, Omigawa (13-12-1) hasn’t fought since being released by the UFC in August. Despite his mediocre record, Omigawa is a game competitor as evident in victories over Marlon Sandro and Hatsu Hioki.
On the MMA side of things, DREAM 18 also features fights like Hayato Sakurai-Phil Baroni, Melvin Manhoef-Denis Kang, and Shinya Aoki-Antonio McKee, while GSI’s offering includes a single-night, sixteen man heavyweight tournament with $400,000 going to the winner.
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