Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) standout Tatsuya Kawajiri was expected to face Hacran Dias in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore. Unfortunately, Dias was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering an injury in training.
Kawajiri represents the very best in JMMA as he's been able to find success in every major Japanese promotion, including kickboxing. He even found success in his one appearance inside ONE FC's cage, when he left Japan to fight Donald Sanchez. The one time he ventured outside of Asia, he lost, when he faced Gilbert Melendez in Strikeforce.
UFC officials announced on Thursday that they found a suitable replacement for "Crusher." Stepping in on short notice is a prospect out of the Blackzilians named Sean Soriano. Soriano carries an undefeated record as he makes his promotional debut.
UFC Fight Night 34 serves as the first event to stream on the UFC's digital network that will be launched in 2014. While it is known how the card will air, it is currently unknown what time it will be shown for North and South American fans.