GBR reported about Tatsuya Kawajiri who participated in DREAM.7 on March 8. Kawajiri talked to the press at JB Sports Gym, Tokyo on February 27 after training with Mitsuhiro Ishida and Hiroyuki Takaya, who also fought in DREAM.7.
Kawajiri faces Ross Ebanez from BJ Penn's MMA Academy in DREAM.7.
"DREAM assembles top fighters in the featherweight tournament, and all fights will be very exciting. However, it is the first appearance in DREAM for most fighters, and they are not well-known among DREAM fans. I accepted the offer because I felt the responsibility to make the event more attractive for fans. I saw Ebanez's fight online. It's hard to say his fighting style from the video because he finished his opponent in 9 seconds. I think he is a very aggressive striker and this is the great match up. Our fight will be the best bout of the night. I have to defeat him first before fighting BJ Penn. I want to impress BJ with my overwhelming victory over Ebanez."
DREAM.7 ~ Featherweight GP 2009 1st Round ~
Date: March 8, 2009 16:00~
Place: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
* Masakazu Imanari vs. Atsushi Yamamoto
* Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Jong Won Kim
* Yoshiro Maeda vs. Micah Miller
* Chase Beebe vs. Joe Warren
* Takafumi Otsuka vs. Fernandes Bibiano
* Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura vs. Abel Cullum
* Shinya Aoki vs David Gardner
* Mitsuhiro Ishida vs Nakamura Daisuke
* Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Ross Ebanez
DREAM.8 ~ Welterweight GP 2009 1st Round ~
Date: April 5, 16:00~
Place: Gaishi Hall, Aichi
Featherweight GP (1st Round)
* Hideo Tokoro vs. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata
* Hayato "Mach" Sakurai
* Shinya Aoki
* Seichi Ikemoto