UFC featherweight Tatsuya Kawajiri has suffered a detached retina on his left eye, and is out indefinitely.
Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-8-2) was penciled in to make a home coming on the upcoming UFC card in Japan this September, but as MMA Fighting reports, the Japanese legend will be pulling out of the September 20 card after suffering a detached retina. According to Helwani, 'Crusher' will have surgery this coming weekend, but there is still no time table on his return:
Doctors have yet to determine how long Kawajiri will be out for because this marks the third time he has suffered a detached retina in his left eye. The first two times happened when he was competing for PRIDE and Shooto.
Kawajiri recently turned 36, and since signing with the UFC, he has gone 1-1 with a decision loss to Clay Guida, and a submission win over Sean Soriano.
Prior to pulling out of this UFC: Japan card, he was supposed to be matched up against Darren Elkins. Now, if they're looking for replacements, I think I have an idea on which featherweight and fellow Japanese legend they can sign as a perfect alternative. Give him a call, Dana. Do it.