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DREAM.11! Tatsuya Kawajiri Enters The Battle

One and a half new fights and a pull out have been announced for the October 6th DREAM.11 event. Tatsuya Kawajiri returns to MMA to take on Melchor Barracuda, Bob Sapp will fill in for Gegard Mousasi to take on Sokoudjou, and J.Z. Calvan is officially out of his fight against Daisuke Nakamura due to a right knee injury.

Barracuda has an MMA record of 2-2 and fights out of Purebred Spike22. He has participated three times in the Wrestling World Championships and got through to the semifinals at ADCC 1999 where he lost to Royler Gracie.

HEIWA DREAM.11 Featherweight GP 2009 Finals
Date: October 6th, 2009
Place: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan

DREAM Lightweight Title Fight:
Joachim Hansen vs. Shinya Aoki

Featherweight GP 2009 Finals:
Tokoro/Takaya vs. Warren/Fernandes
Hideo Tokoro vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
Joe Warren vs. Bibiano Fernandes

Featherweight GP 2009 Reserve Fight:
DJ.taiki vs. Kazuyuki Miyata

Lightweight Fights:
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Melchor Barracuda
Daisuke Nakamura vs. TBA

Super Hulk Tournament Semifinals:
Minowaman vs. Choi Hong Man
Sokoudjou vs. Bob Sapp

  1. sprewell
    September 18, 2009 at 11:49 am

    What an utter waste of time that Kawajiri fight is.

  2. Cloud X
    September 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

    In most cases you are right, but since Kawajiri got hurt bad against Masato, hes getting a tuneup for NYE. That is what the fight is. I think he needs it to rebuild a little confidence.

  3. CJN
    September 18, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Melchor’s a good dude. I’ll be hoping for the upset.

  4. September 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    what a lose, lose move for Kawajiri. fighting a guy, that if he beats does nothing, but if he loses destroys his rep.

    Kawajiri already has a title shot in line for December, so he should of just sat tight till then

  5. whomever
    September 18, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    The thing is, Kawajiri won’t lose. I’m much more in favor of guys getting pick up fights than guys sitting around for extended periods of time before big fights.

    Look at JZ. It wasn’t fair for him to sit for so long, and then come back to a big fight.

    Same thing with Kawajiri. It wouldn’t be fair for him to sit around after getting knocked out by Masasto, and then have a huge fight 8 months later. Keep the man active, why not?

  6. tinobar
    September 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    i wonder if kawajiri is famous now

  7. CSKit
    September 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I agree with keeping him active but I, personally would prefer a better opponent. I had the following in mind:
    Katsuya Inoue(18-7-4), Kotetsu Boku(14-5-2), and Artur Oumakhanov(9-4-0).
    Him fighting Melchor Manibusan who is 3-4-0 doesn’t help him at all.

  8. ovenj0ckey
    September 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    man inoue is so done

    fight with artur would have been <333

  9. ovenj0ckey
    September 18, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I hear he still pays for his own crusher nike gear

    ps that shit looks run down

  10. CSKit
    September 18, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    If Inoue is done what is Melchor? Being an 3-4 and not fighting since 2006 isn’t special.

    I agree I’d like to see Artur back in DREAM and not M-1.

  11. ShootJunkie
    September 19, 2009 at 1:09 am

    I like his Crusher stuff.

  12. Brutalist
    September 19, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Sup Ninja,

    Like your coverage, especially the Gold Cup stuff, but the only i wanna know right now is, ¿Whats really good with Ganjo?


  13. kawa's boy toy
    September 19, 2009 at 5:08 am

    and I’ll be hoping you die in a car accident. KAWAJIRI 4 LYFE!!!

  14. Nocaute
    September 19, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Are You Kidding? Inoue Is Done? What The…;; I Think, Melchor Is Better Suitable In Featherweight DV.

  15. September 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    bs dec loss against Nakakura.

  16. CJN
    September 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Damn, you need a life.

  17. kawa's boy toy
    September 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    and you need to get your head checked.

  18. Brutalist
    September 20, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Woah, woah,woah, b.
    That’s completely out of line.
    At best , and the way I saw it, that fight was a draw.
    But it evens out because Nakakura should have won their first fight.
    Anyway what I meant was if you had heard any news or rumors on his next fight.

  19. September 21, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I really don’t see how Nakakura won. Anyway, no nothing on his next fight.

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