Hiroyuki Takaya (高谷裕之, Takaya Hiroyuki) born June 10, 1977. He is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division. A professional competitor since 2003, Takaya has fought in the WEC, Strikeforce, DREAM, Shooto, K-1 Hero’s, and Cage Force. Takaya is the former DREAM Featherweight Champion. Due his experience in street fighting, Takaya is known as the “Streetfight Bancho”.
Takaya was a participant in the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix. Takaya beat Jong Won Kim, Yoshiro Maeda and Hideo Tokoro en route to the finals, before losing to Bibiano Fernandes via split decision become the runner up of the tournament. Takaya scored perhaps the biggest win of his career over former DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen on May 29, 2010 at DREAM.14 with 28 seconds left in the first round. It was the first knockout defeat in the 10½-year career of Hansen.
On December 31, 2010, Takaya defeated Bibiano Fernandes via unanimous decision and became the DREAM Featherweight Champion. He recently fought at Dream: Japan GP Final against Kazuyuki Miyata and successfully defended the DREAM Featherweight Championship. Takaya defended his title on December 31, 2011 at Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011, defeating Takeshi Inoue via unanimous decision.