Daiju Takase Signs a multi fight contract with DARE Championship and joins the Middleweight Tournament

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 2 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 partial fight card:

Daiju Takase vs. Brandon “BK” Kesler

This fight sees an MMA legend take on a well known local fighter. TAKASE is best known for his submission win over Anderson Silva and has fought for both Pride and the UFC. BK is a long term Bangkok resident who hails from the US and normally provides the commentary for DARE events. He is a wrestler / boxer who will be looking to make a name for himself with a win over one of very few men to defeat the current UFC middleweight champion.

This fight has been organized with and is sponsored by DUBUIT – Fight the Floods!


The winner of this fight will proceed to the Quarter-Final level of the DARE Championship and be one step closer to becoming one of the first DARE Champions and the receivers of the One Million Dollar Grand Bonus.

 

Arnaud “The Game” Lepaunt vs. Krzysztof “Haja” Hajtalowicz

This will be one of the most anticipated match ups in the history of DARE and the first to feature two returning fighters.

Both HAJA and THE GAME were extremely impressive on their DARE debuts and this should be an extremely close and competitive match up between two of the top welterweights in Thailand.

The winner of this fight will proceed to the Semifinal level of the DARE Championship and be one step closer to becoming one of the first DARE Champions and the receivers of the One Million Dollar Grand Bonus.

 

Majee “Major” Overall vs. AJ “PYRO”  Pyro

This fight sees two up and coming fighters on the Asian scene come together to make their DARE debuts. AJ Pyro is one of Malaysia’s top mixed martial artists and has fought professional Muay Thai in Thailand and finished on the podium at a number of no gi grappling competitions.

Majee Overall is a Japanese American fighter and a grappling expert with a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, who recently moved to Thailand and will be representing Phuket Top Team, where AJ has also trained in the past.

The winner of this fight will proceed to the Quarter-Final level of the DARE Championship and be one step closer to becoming one of the first DARE Champions and the receivers of the One Million Dollar Grand Bonus.

 

Marko “Mad Dog” Huusansaari vs. Shane “Ronin” Wiggand

This fight features two veterans who are looking to prove they still have what it takes to compete at an elite level of mixed martial arts. Both are familiar faces in Thailand as Huusansaari from Finland has been competing in both Muay Thai and MMA bouts in the region for several years while Wiggand is a Judo black belt, Muay Thai fighter and a martial arts teacher who has been based in Bangkok for years.

The winner of this fight will proceed to the Quarter-Final level of the DARE Championship and be one step closer to becoming one of the first DARE Champions and the receivers of the 1 Million Dollar Grand Bonus.

 

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

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