A lightweight bout between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Ross Ebanez has been signed to take place at DREAM.7 on March 8 in Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena.

FiveOuncesOfPain.com was notified of the matchup via official e-mail from BJPenn.com, the official web site for UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.

Kawajiri is the eight best lightweight in the world, according to the rankings for the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts. The 30-year old Japan native has not competed since a first round TKO loss this past July against Eddie Alvarez during the semifinals of DREAM’s lightweight Grand Prix.

The loss to Alvarez dropped Kawajiri’s record to 22-5-2 but the former PRIDE and Shooto star still has an impressive resume that includes notable wins over Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, Joachim Hansen, Per Eklund, Luiz Azeredo, Yves Edwards, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, and Chris Brennan.

Ebanez is a native of Hilo, Hawaii who trains under B.J. Penn. The fight vs. Kawajiri will mark his first bout in six months, as he has not competed since a first round TKO win over Waachim Spiritwolf at Rumble on the Rock’s “Beatdown 9? in October of 2008.

Ebanez currently has an overall MMA record of 19-6 and the former EliteXC veteran holds notable wins over Shannon Ritch, Josh MacDonald, and Joe Camacho. He is 3-1 in his last four fights with his lone defeat coming against Alvarez during a ShoXC event in January of 2008.

The Alvarez fight came on short notice, as will his March matchup vs. Kawajiri. However, Ebanez is not one to shy away from a challenge.

“This is a huge opportunity and even though it’s on a weeks notice I will be ready,” Ebanez told BJPenn.com. “It’s a drastic cut for me but I was already in the gym training. When the call came I jumped on it.”

In addition to Kawajiri vs. Ebanez, DREAM.7 will feature the first round of DREAM’s featherweight Grand Prix. The current lineup for the event is as follows:

First Round of the Featherweight Grand Prix -

  • Atsushi Yamamoto vs. Masakazu Imanari
  • Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kim Jong Won
  • Yoshiro Maeda vs. Micah Miller
  • Chase Beebe vs. Joe Warren
  • Takafumi Otsuka vs. Bibiano Fernandes
  • Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura vs. Abel Cullum

Non-Tournament Bouts -

  • Shinya Aoki vs. David Gardner
  • Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Daisuke Nakamura
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Ross Ebanez
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Report: Dennis Siver vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri set for UFC Berlin, plus Bäckström vs. Lahat

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

Kickboxing specialist Dennis Siver will face Pride veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri June 20 at UFC Fight Night Berlin. Earlier today, MMA in Asia reported that a featherweight bout between German kickboxing read news >>

GLORY 20 weigh in results: All fighters make weight for Dubai kickboxing card

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

The weigh ins for the GLORY 20 and GLORY Superfight Series took place on Thursday afternoon (April 2, 2015) in Dubai and the results are now official. The five-fight main card takes place on Friday ( read news >>

Marina Shafir signs to Invicta FC as featherweight

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

Ronda Rousey's close friend Marina Shafir has signed with Invicta FC. The fourth Horsewoman has signed a professional contract with Invicta FC. Marina Shafir, a close friend of UFC women's bantamweig read news >>

UFC signed off on Ronda Rousey's appearance at WrestleMania 31 months ago

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

Vince and Dana working hand in hand, folks. Ronda Rousey made an impromptu performance last night (Sun., March 29, 2015) at Wrestlemania 31 in Santa Clara, Calif., much to the delight of professional read news >>

Video: Controversial scoring error in ProFC 57 main event leads to brawl in Russia

  • 27 days ago
  • 93 views

Watch footage of the brawl that took place in Russia following a judging error in the evening’s main event. On Sunday afternoon, controversy ensued in the ProFC 57 main event title fight that eventua read news >>

Watch Friday's UFC Fight Night 63 weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at noon ET

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

FAIRFAX, Va. – UFC Fight Night 63 fighter weigh-ins take place Friday, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Watch UFC Fight Night 63 post-fight press conference on MMAjunkie

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

FAIRFAX, Va. – UFC Fight Night 63 takes place Saturday at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Watch a live video stream of the post-fight news conference on MMAjunkie at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p read news >>

WrestleMania 31 Results: Seth Rollins Cashes In on Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, Nabs WWE Title

  • 28 days ago
  • 27 views

Hey, it’s WrestleMania! Brock Lesnar signed a new three-year contract! Vince McMahon loves Roman Reigns! There’s a huge stage that makes New Japan set designers nod in approval! It’s outdoors! In the read news >>

The Month in UFC History: April's Finest Fights

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Some of the best, most important and most memorable fights in UFC history have taken place in the month of April. read news >>