Kawajiri (28-7-2) has long been considered one of the sport's top lightweights. Kawajiri recently rebounded from his loss to Gilbert Melendez to defeat Drew Fickett at Dream Fight for Japan 2 via TKO in the opening round. After unsuccessful runs at the Strikeforce and Dream lightweight belts, Kawajiri will now pursue featherweight gold.
Opposing Kawajiri at his featherweight debut is Hansen (22-10-1). "Hellboy" is riding a three fight win streak and is Dream's one time lightweight champion.
Their bout will actually be a rematch; their first meeting in 2006 ended in a disqualification win for Kawajiri when he was on the receiving end of an accidental groin kick.
Dream 17 is held on September 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.