MMA fans have long awaited the UFC debut of Japanese Lightweight and Featherweight journeyman, Tatsuya Kawajiri. Kawajiri has fought in almost all of the major promotions from Pride to Dream, Shooto, and Strikeforce. Last week, the UFC finally signed Kawajiri, but did not announce a debut fight.
After being asked who he wants to fight in his UFC debut, Kawajiri called out Cub Swanson:
— 川尻達也tatsuya kawajiri (@CRUSHER_MMA) October 26, 2013
Hiroyuki Takaya, another fellow Japanese MMA fighter, lost to Cub back in 2008 at WEC 37. Kawajiri made note that he would like to avenge his friend’s loss to Cub.
Cub Swanson has been on an absolute tear in the UFC since losing his debut to Ricardo Lamas in 2011. Cub has reeled off five straight wins, with four of them coming by way of TKO or KO. The Featherweight division has been in a somewhat limbo state with all the top dogs on winning streaks. Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas, and Cub Swanson all have worthy shots at Aldo.
While some believe Aldo will fight Lamas at UFC 169, others think he will move up to Lightweight to battle the champion, Anthony Pettis. If Aldo relinquishes his title, it will be hard for the UFC to not put Swanson into a title fight.
Kawajiri is on a five fight winning streak of his own with four finishes as well. If he gets a shot at Cub, expect an all out war between the two men. In a perfect world, Aldo fights Lamas, Kawajiri fights Swanson, and we see what happens with Mendes and Nik Lentz.
All in all, it is a good time to be a fan of the UFC’s Featherweight division.