A featherweight bout has been booked for the UFC’s upcoming returned to Abu Dhabi as Tatsuya Kawajiri will make his second appearance inside the Octagon against the always popular and energetic Clay Guida at the upcoming show on April 11.
Sources close to the contest confirmed to FOX Sports on Friday that verbal agreements are in place for the featherweight matchup.
Kawajiri (33-7-2) had one of the most storied careers of any fighter from Japan, but just until recently he had never competed in the UFC. That finally changed when the veteran competitor debuted at the UFC Fight Night card in Singapore in January where Kawajiri choked out fellow newcomer Sean Soriano in the second round.
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With title hopes on his agenda, Kawajiri will look to get one step closer towards a top ten ranking when he faces the always tough challenge of Clay Guida.
Guida (30-14) has been a perennial contender in the UFC for the last few years competing primarily in the lightweight division before recently dropping down to 145 pounds. The Chicago area native is 1-1 in the weight class so far just recently suffering a set back in his fight and loss to No. 1 ranked fighter Chad Mendes.
Guida will try to erase the bad memory from that fight when he travels to Abu Dhabi and faces one of the best fighters to ever come out of PRIDE Fighting Championships.
The upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Abu Dhabi is headlined by a heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and will air exclusively on the UFC’s digital network Fight Pass.