Kawajiri (31-7-2) is undefeated since moving south of lightweight to 145 lb., the Japanese fighter made the move after failing to capture gold in Strikeforce and DREAM against Gilbert Melendez and Shinya Aoki, respectively. “Crusher” has won his last three fights via arm triangle, taking out former DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen and Kazuyuki Miyata in the DREAM ring, also most recently securing his signature finish on Donald Sanchez in his ONE FC debut this past March.
Omigawa (13-12-1) was released by the UFC in August, “Michi” went 1-4 inside the octagon, despite many feeling that the judges in at least one of those fights went the wrong way. Prior to his UFC run, the judoka had lost only once in two years, failing to capture Sengoku gold against Masanori Kanehara. The Yoshida Dojo product looks to rebound from his recent skid and return to his previous place in the division’s top 10, a win over Kawajiri would certainly be a start.
DREAM 18 takes place New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The event will feature a mixed card of MMA and a 16-man heavyweight kickboxing tournament in a co-promotion with Glory World Series and ONE FC.