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First man to submit Anderson Silva in PRIDE, Daiju Takase, signs multi-fight contract with DARE Championship

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Japanese mixed martial arts legend Daiju Takase has been signed to participate in DARE Championship's 16 man middleweight tournament and will be fighting in Bangkok on January 7th 2012.

He will take on Bangkok based American Brandon "BK" Kesler in the double headlined main event of the DARE 1/12 in the Insomnia Night Club. The winner will advance to the quarter finals of DARE's middleweight tournament and move one step closer to claiming their share of the 1,000,000 Dollar Grand Bonus.

Takase made his professional debut back in 1998 and has fought for the UFC, Pride and Pancrase. He has faced the likes of Jeremy Horn, Nate Marquardt and Hector Lombard and is best known for submitting Anderson Silva in the opening round of their fight at Pride 26. This places Takase on the list with only two fighters in the world to ever submit the Brazilian.

Also on the card at DARE Championship 1/12 will be a contest between two of the top welterweights in Thailand. Krysztof "HAJA" Hajtalowicz, who defeated previously unbeaten Wiktor "THE SLAYER" Svensson with a second round submission at DARE 2/11, is taking on Arnaud "THE GAME" Lepont who destroyed Jian "KAI" Chee in less than a minute at DARE 1/11.

Originally from France but a long term resident of South East Asia, THE GAME - Lepont has an outstanding record of 7-1 and is a very well rounded fighter. HAJA - Hajtalowicz from Poland has a perfect professional record of 3-0 and is a submission specialist who has won numerous BJJ tournaments.
Other match ups to have been announced so far are AJ "PYRO" Vaa from Malaysia vs Majee "MAJOR" Overall from Japan, American Shane "RONIN" Wiggand against Finland's Marko "MAD DOG" Huusansaari and an all Thai affair between outstanding amateurs Tondamrong "TDR" Panjabutra and Teerapak "EZ2DJ" Saetae.

DARE Championship is a Bangkok based promotion which was founded in 2011. So far it has put on two highly acclaimed events which have featured outstanding fighters such as Adam Kayoom, Zorobabel Moreira and Brian Choi.

DARE 1/12 on the 7th of January 2012 will be streamed live on the internet and is available worldwide on and For more information about DARE, please visit:

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