Tatsuya Kawajiri Almost Retired Before Getting Called By The UFC
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.04.2014
Now his career is back on track...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-7-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said that he almost retired before he got the call to fight in the UFC. At UFC Fight Night 34, he made Sean Soriano (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) submit in the second round of their fight.
On his fight with Michihiro Omigawa At DREAM.18 in 2012 and contemplating retirement: "This was my first fight in almost a year, and in the past year I even thought about quitting MMA a couple of times. That's why I was very nervous and when I won, I had a lot of tension. I'm looking at this fight as just the beginning. I'm looking to go into America and fight on bigger pay-per-view shows."
On not being motivated before: "I had a few injuries, and my fights didn't get confirmed for a long time. I almost lost my motivation. But now I'm in the UFC, so I trained for this fight harder than I ever did before. I'm going to keep doing that and I want to show the fans that this is not the Kawajiri you know yet. You're going to see a better Kawajiri later."
On his love of MMA: "I love the sport of mixed martial arts and I'm proud to be Japanese. Now I'm in the major leagues – the world's best stage, the UFC. So I'm only looking to become champion here. If it's possible, I'd love to fight the champion, Jose Aldo, immediately. But I'm sure there are orders I have to follow. So I want to fight some top 10 fighters."