Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Takaharu Murahama vs. Yuji Hoshino 1:23 R2
Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Ryuki Ueyama vs. Seiki Ryo 2R Majority Dec
Kosei Kubota vs. Yuji Hisamatsu 2R Unanimous Dec
Eiji Ishikawa vs. Ryo Chonan 2R Majority Dec
Takafumi Ito vs. Ikuto Hidaka 1:54 R2
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal: Ryuki Ueyama vs. Takaharu Murahama 1:44 R3
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Rambaa Somdet 3R Unanimous Dec
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal: Kosei Kubota vs. Eiji Ishikawa 2R Unanimous Dec
Makoto Miyazawa vs. Ryogaku Wada 3:23 R1
Middleweight Tournament Final: Ryuki Ueyama vs. Eiji Ishikawa 0:48 R2
Kazuki Okubo vs. Shoichi Ichimiya
Ryo Chonan vs. Katsumi Usuda
Yasuhito Namekawa vs. MAX Miyazawa
Joao Roque vs. Ryan Bow
Dos Caras, Jr. vs. Tatsuaki Nakano
Nihon Senbatsu (selection) vs. Brazilian Top Team Taikosen: Fabio Mello vs. Takumi Yano.
Nihon vs. Brazilian Top Team Taikosen: Ryuki Ueyama vs. Gilson Ferrera
Nihon vs. Brazilian Top Team Taikosen: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka
Dokonjonosuke * Mishima vs. Takafumi Ito
Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Ikuhisa Minowa
Manabu Hara vs. Kaze
Azteca vs. Shoichi Ichimiya
MAX Miyazawa vs. Hiroyuki Ito
Ryuki Ueyama & Kazuki Okubo vs. Kosei Kubota & Ichiro Kanai
Taisho vs. Tappaya
Rambaa Somdet vs. Takeyasu Hirono
Takeshi Yamazaki vs. Nalupon Tackhornthin
Yasuhito Namekawa vs. Yuki Ishikawa
Masanori Suda vs. Ryo Chonan
CRAFTER-M (Hidehisa Matsuda) vs. Shoichi Ichimiya 3:39 R1
Tetsuya Onose vs. Kazuki Okubo 1:32 R1
Hidetada Irie vs. Hirohide Fujinuma 3R Unanimous Dec
Yoshinori Kawakami vs. Makoto Miyazawa 3R Draw
Tomomi Iwama vs. Noboru Asahi 0:42 R3
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Dave Menne 2:02 R2
Shiro Takai vs. Kochi Shimizu
Tatsuya Kawano vs. Ryuichi Kawai
Hiroki Isagi vs. Kenji Takeshige
Yasuhiro Konno vs. Yukihiro Hioki
Kickboxing: Kazuki Ikeda vs. Yukihiro Noda
Kickboxing: Takachika Nishimura vs. Masashi Kondo
Hiroshi Umemura vs. Goro Kobayashi
Riki Kanesada vs. Atsushi Uozumi
Mitsuhiro Ito vs. Keita Inayoshi
Megumi Fujii vs. Aiko Yamaoka
Toshihiko Ono vs. Naoki Kimura
Takao Yamamoto vs. Hiroyuki Ito
Ryu Echigo vs. Crafter M
Tomoyuki Fukami vs. Katsuo
Hirohide Hionuma vs. Kengo Mashimo
Eiji Ishikawa vs. Ryuta Sakurai
Kazuki Okubo vs. Kato Kung Lee Jr.
Hikaru Sato vs. Elecktro Shock
Giant Ochiai vs. Bengadoll Bolikua
Takumi Yano vs. Brazo de Plata
Hiroyuki Ito vs. Dos Caras Jr.
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Tatsuhito Satsuma 1:27 R1
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Hidenobu Koike 4:33 R2
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Won Jin Eoh 4:25 R1
Miki Shida vs. Takeshi Yamazaki 2R Majority Dec
Yasuhito Namekawa vs. Fabiano Capoani 2R Draw
Hector Lombard vs. Eiji Ishikawa 0:50 R1
Seo Hee Ham vs. Hisae Watanabe 2R Unanimous Dec
DEEP Welterweight Title Match: Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Jutaro Nakao 3R Majority Dec
DEEP Light Heavyweight Title Match: Kazunori Yokota vs. Nobuhiro Obiya 3R Unanimous Dec
DEEP Middleweight Title Match: Ryo Chonan vs. Ryuta Sakurai 3R Majority Dec
Note: Match list was compiled from results, so it’s possible something may be skipped, edited, or shown out of order
Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. Fujiyama Decision 2R
Joe Doerksen vs. Dae Won Kim R1 3:35
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Takuhiro Kamikozono 2R
Shigetoshi Iwase vs. Sen Nakadai R1 3:25
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Naoki Matsushita R2 1:17
Cristiano Kaminishi vs. Sentoryu R1 4:00
Yasuhito Namekawa vs. Yuji Sakuragi R1 2:12
Hisae Watanabe vs. Masako Yoshida R2 1:19
Ryan Bow vs. Yoshihiro Tomioka R3 3:01
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Fabricio Monteiro R2 2:37
Murilo Bustamante Ryuta Sakurai R1 3:50
Note: Match list was compiled from results, so it’s possible something may be skipped, edited, or shown out of order
Nobuyuki Shimakawa vs. Masahiro Toryu 2R
Yasushi Kitazaki vs. Hiroshi Tanaka R1 3:19
Isao Terada vs. Kosuke Eda R2 0:40
Motoyuki Takanishi vs. Kenta Nakamura 2R
Yasuaki Miura vs. Kazuhiko Wakita R1 1:37
Yusuke Sakashita vs. Seigo Mizuguchi 2R
Ken Hamamura vs. Hidehira Yabu R2 0:57
Yukinari Tamura vs. Animal R1 4:36
Tomoyuki Fukami vs. Henrik Kakiuchi R2 2:21
Seichi Ikemoto vs. Pang Sung Hwan 3R
Jutaro Nakao vs. Kiuma Kunioku 3R
Amanda Lucas vs. Hikaru Shinohara
Makoto Kamaya vs. Tomohiko Hori
Yuki Niimura vs. Shunsuke Inoue
Motoki Miyazawa vs. Yasushi Kitazaki
Ryuta Noji vs. Shuji Morikawa
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. DJ Taiki
Ryuta Sakurai vs. Katsuyori Shibata
DEEP Megaton Title Match: Kazuhisa Tazawa vs. Levan Razmadze
DEEP Featherweight Title Match: Koichiro Matsumoto vs. Tatsunao Nagakura
DEEP Lightweight Title Match: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Mizuto Hirota
Daisuke Endo vs. Naohiro Mizuno R1 2:23. Endo landed a solid short right then followed with another to drop Mizuno, finishing him with punches on the ground.
Yuya Shirai vs. Yuki Okano 2R. Former champ Shirai just had too much skill and experience for a game Okano. Shirai got off to a quick start with a couple nice right hands, but once Okano got over his intimidation he was able to get himself into the match. Okano never really had Shirai in any trouble, but he kept Shirai from hurting him or doing anything special in the final round and a half. Shirai won a unanimous decision. Average match.
Doo Ho Choi vs. Tatsunao Nagakura R2 4:14. This could easily have been a mismatch, but big underdog Nagakura showed all heart and no fear. He took it to Choi, and while the first round was good with him attacking, the second round was amazing with both fighters at the top of their game just refusing to relent or give in. Nagakura held the center of the ring and coming forward attacking throughout the first. He rocked Choi with drop down fake into an overhand right he didn't see coming. Nagakura continued his aggression in the 2nd, but landing a good shot or two with Choi in the corner seemed to wake Choi up, and he finally pushed forward and dropped Nagakura with a jab/right cross combo. The fight was awesome good from here, as once Nagakura recovered he went back to trying to control the center, but now Choi was in a groove and wasn't surrendering it, so they stood toe to toe and mostly evaded some high level ill willed combos. Choi landed an improbably jumping middle kick/right straight combo and beat Nagakura up on the ground, but couldn't finish the rear naked choke and when he switched to the mount, Nagakura countered with a heel hook that could have finished. Choi made Nagakura pay dearly for this gamble though, putting a hell of a beating on him while Nagakura tried to get back to his feet and then complete his takedown attempts to get a chance to recover. I thought Nagakura was going to be KO'd at any time as Nagakura had no control so Choi was getting all his force into these shots, or if nothing else the ref would stop it because Nagakura took so many unanswered punishing shots, but Nagakura almost seemed to will himself to keep moving and retain consciousness. Finally, Nagakura's corner threw in the towel so he could live to fight another day. Excellent match.
DJ.taiki vs. Toshiaki Kitada 3R. DJ was the better striker, but Kitada prevented him from using that to his advantage by closing the distance and tying him up anytime DJ tried to attack. Kitada was the better wrestler, and was at worst making DJ carry his weight most of the match. DJ adjusted in the 2nd, making Kitada pay for his clinches and failed takedowns by using clinch knees. Kitada tried to at least fight DJ's knees off by uppercutting him when he had the clinch, but DJ dropped and bloodied him with a clinch knee early in R3 and was finally able to control on the ground to win the unanimous decision. Average match.
Masakazu Imanari vs. Kenichi Ito 2R. Imanari is a unique fighter who is amazing at his 1 aspect of the game, while Ito is a journeyman who couldn't really threaten him, but isn't going to give up trying and is difficult to submit. Imanari is fascinating to watch because he just has so much confidence in his leg locks he's more than happy to bait you into punching so he can drop down, even allow you to take the top if necessary because he's going to attack your leg before you can take advantage. Imanari had Ito tied in knots all R1, but Ito did a better job of staying on his feet and kicking Imanari's leg out in R2. Ito's right hand was pretty feeble though, so Imanari wasn't the least bit afraid of his striking, and probably did as good a job kicking Ito's leg out in between feigning indifference. The first round was decent, but basically a lengthy pretzel while the 2nd was mostly weighting for something bigger that never came. Imanari won a unanimous decision. Below average match.
DEEP Megatonweight Title Decision Match: Ken Hasegawa vs. Seigo Mizuguchi 2R. Hasegawa was a southpaw with the reach, confidence, relaxation, and diversity, while Mizuguchi just had a big right hand he couldn't get into range for. Hasegawa calmly picked him apart with left low kicks and jabs, battering and bloodying Mizuguchi's face while taking almost no damage in return. Hasegawa just angled too well and moved in and out too quickly for Mizuguchi, who tired himself out coming up short trying to bomb on the right hand counters. Hasegawa won a unanimous decision. Average match.
DEEP Middleweight Title Decision Match: Ryo Young Choi vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura 3R. Nakamura fought like he was Dan Henderson, but was just taking too many shots to get a single right hand in, especially given it packed about a tenth of Hendo's wallup. Choi controlled the distance and had more power and more volume in standup. It looked like it was going to be Choi's fight to win or lose, but Nakamura made some good adjustments to be able to get in range, even if his actual distance closing techniques left him exposed. Nakamura managed to get it to the ground when he caught a kick and fired back with a right hand, but the round was nearing conclusion by then. Choi showed Nakamura so little respect he began, and continued to get tagged with the right in round 2, turning the fight in Nakamura's favor. Round 3 was closer, but Nakamura hurt Choi's right eye with one of his right hands. This was a really close match, as Nakamura landed the bigger shots in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, but Choi was technically the better standup fighter and had more volume overall. Nakamura won a unanimous decision. Good match.
DEEP Featherweight Title Match: Kazunori Yokota vs. Shoji Maruyama 3R. Maruyama was fun to watch because he just attacked with reckless abandon until you found a way to slow him down. Yokota was okay with that though, baiting Maruyama in so he could lock him up and take him down. Maruyama was predictable attacking super aggressively with his hands, but still, it's hard to defend against a guy who can rush in when you escape toward the ropes and catch you in stride with a big right hook. Yokota was able to slow the fight down by tying Maruyama up, but he wasn't doing any damage, and though Yokota increasingly kept Maruyama at bay with the teep, Maruyama would ultimately crack him again once he got free. Yokota kept at it though, and slowly but surely his strategy and conditioning took over. The match turned into a grind where his weighing on Maruyama was the majority and Maruyama's bursts were the minority, and tended to be greatly interrupted if not out and out thwarted by teeps. Yokota won a unanimous decision. Good match.
Daisuke Endo vs. Masato Kobayashi R2 2:32. Kobayashi cut Endo above the eye with a nice overhand right at the outset then grinded away for the next round plus to negate Endo's reach and standing skill. Endo finally got some separation and backed Kobayashi into the ropes, prompting Kobayashi to aggressively wing punches to regain space. Endo won the exchange though, dropping Kobayashi with a left hook then threw him and tapped him with a rear naked choke. The last 30 seconds had 30 times the excitement of the first 7 minutes. Below average match.
Seiji Akao vs. Katsuya Toida 3R. Toida is a veteran Aoki training partner who is all about the submission, while Akao is mainly a striker with super fast hands. In round 1, Akao was scoring back and forth with lightning hooks, especially when he'd defend a takedown. Toida was able to control in round 2, looking much better working from the top though his ground tapping was feeble to say the least, so it was Akao that actually did the damage in his brief time on top. Toida is interesting to watch, but kind of a feast of famine guy, and Akao mostly made him pay while denying him any great opportunities. I'm sure Toida would have gotten at least a round in the US since they mainly care about control, but in Japan his style backfired because he didn't get the submission and did get beat up a little, so they had to go with Akao. 36-year-old Toida announced his retirement after the match. Average match.
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Makoto Kamaya 3R. Kamaya has been the in form fighter, but Otsuka was schooling him. Otsuka's wrestling was looking amazing, hitting virtually 100% of his takedown attempts, with some great fakes and transitions that allowed his game to succeed and flow. Otsuka used his striking to set up the takedown and the takedown to work the head control game submissions, but he couldn't put Kamaya away with two lengthy north/south chokes. Kamaya had some good sweeps and submission escapes to keep getting back to his feet, but Otsuka's wrestling was simply on another level, and he'd be right back on top finding a way to threaten the neck. Otsuka won a unanimous decision. Above average match.
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Yusaku Nakamura R1 2:10. Nakamura was trying to be Roy Jones Jr. keeping his hands low, slipping and countering, but Wada kept countering the inside left hook with a big overhand right until he scored the quick KO.
Masanori Kanehara vs. Wade Choate R1 4:16. Kanehara is pretty even as far as winning by KO or submission, but 10 of Choate's 15 losses are by submission, so it was no surprise that Kanehara focused on the ground game, taking Choate down and finishing with the arm triangle.
Taisuke Okuno vs. Akihiro Gono R2 2:07. I've never seen a fighter like Okuno before. He's more like a movie villian if not monster or a rabid dog, relentlessly stalking, constantly throwing bombs, all the while either smiling or making psychotic faces. Gono was slipping well early, but Okuno applied so much pressure that Gono was really just stuck running, and once Okuno landed a big shot, Gono wasn't running as fast anymore and began to get beat up. It was just amazing seeing Okuno keep this ridiculous style where he wobbles in committing to every punch. I expected Gono to use the momentum against him to wrestle, but instead he was committed to counter punching, and finally Okuno lunged into a right hook for a knock down. The cyborg Okuno was only momentarily stunned though, and changed nothing except waving his arms to try to taunt and goad Gono into slugging it out. Gono didn't willingly oblige, but Okuno caught Gono with 4 hooks in a row for the KO. It was an entertaining match, but more for the novelty as it was kind of the same thing over and over, even if that same thing looked different from every other match. Above average match.
DEEP Welterweight Title Match: Yuya Shirai vs. Dan Hornbuckle 3R. A really competitive, hard fought, high level fight, or in other words what a title match should be. Hornbuckle had 6 inches on Shirai, so Shirai was determined to close the distance and get the takedown. Shirai controlled the first round in this manner, but Hornbuckle's guard is excellent that Shirai couldn't break, and he began to take over the wrestling in the 2nd, getting a takedown into mount. Hornbuckle worked for the rear naked choke, but Shirai nearly submitted him with a toe hold after turning out. Hornbuckle came back going for an odd angle Kimura, and since Shirai was defending that, he began dropping almost pro wrestling style knees into his chest. At the start of the 3rd, Hornbuckle landed a glancing right hook that opened up a disgusting gash under Shirai's hairline that gave him the proverbial crimson mask. Shirai's will didn't bend, he believed in himself and kept coming forward, but Hornbuckle was simply the better fighter as the contest progressed, using his diversity and mixing things up. Hornbuckle began to dominate the standup in this round, utilizing his reach and scoring with liver kicks and punches. Hornbuckle won a unanimous Decision. Good match.
DEEP Bantamweight Title Match: Yoshiro Maeda vs. DJ.taiki R2 1:41. The tale of two matches as Maeda hurt DJ early in R1 and totally had his way with him, but expended too much energy failing to finish, allowing for the reverse to occur in R2. Maeda reacted awkwardly to DJ's low kick, kinda dropping low to the left, then came over the top with a huge right that dropped him and followed with a flurry of punches on the ground. Maeda kept DJ down the rest of the round, but just couldn't put DJ away even from rear mount. Maeda sure put a nice beating on DJ throughout round 1, but he used so much energy he was sluggish in round 2. DJ backed him into the corner again, but this time Maeda's overhand right didn't have the same zip, and DJ was able to not only stay on his feet, but answer with 2 left hooks that wobbled Maeda. Maeda tried for the desperation takedown, but DJ defended and dropped him with a right hook then finished on the ground. Maeda's left eye was seriously damaged from the punches, immediately swelling into a crooked slit that would have made a great horror movie special effect. Good match.
DEEP Lightweight Title Match: Daisuke Nakamura vs. Satoru Kitaoka 3R. Kitaoka made it a grinding grappling match, working on Nakamura's neck wherever he could, including a lengthy, super deep guillotine in R1 he eventually even mounted. Kitaoka was able to use a guillotine to sweep in R2. Kitaoka had loads of control, but he was also opportunistic at mixing in just brutal shots such as a stomp to the back of the neck when Nakamura was on all fours and a ground knee to the head. Nakamura had a few moments in standup, including a knee down the middle, but just couldn't keep the fight in his standing element for any length of time and Kitaoka had too much strength and control on the ground. Kitaoka won a unanimous decision. Average match.
Shi Iori vs. Shunichi Koga R1 0:23. Iori dropped Koga almost immediately with an overhand right, and was all over him. Koga managed to get up after a big guard pass punch, but Iori kept hitting him with hooks back and forth until the stoppage.
Kintaro vs. Naritoshi Kakuta R1 2:10. Great wall to wall action. I'm surprised this lasted as long as it did, as they were just standing toe to toe winging bombs. Kakuta showed some heavy hands, but Kintaro also had clinch knees, and caused swelling around the right eye. Kintaro had a takedown into mount, but couldn't separate the arms for the armbar and Kakuta got to his knees and began pounding to counter. They kept bombing away, but both of Kakuta's right eyelids were ballooning, perhaps from an orbital injury, so they had to stop it. Still a hell of a 2 minute fight.
Koji Nakamura vs. Kenichi Tanaka 3R. Nakamura just had too much movement, deception, and skill for young Tanaka. The far more experienced Nakamura kept using his hands to distract Tanaka from the kick he was following with. Tanaka wasn't catching on that Nakamura really just wanted to kick, and even ate a sweet hook kick. Nakamura's side stance was confusing Tanaka, and he was inadvertantly fouling him because he didn't know how to handle it, leading to a yellow card. Tanaka obviously had some punching skill, but never got it going, as he was was simply outclassed. Nakamura's style made the fight entertaining even though it wasn't competitive. Above average match.
Yusuke Kagiyama vs. Gypsy Taro (Kusano) R3 3:23. Kagiyama had dominant wrestling, but he was throwing wild diving guard pass elbows and stomps in. Kagiyama probably would have finished, taking the mount after this stomp had the first round not been nearly over. I liked how Kagiyama used the ropes and an innovative figure 4 on the right leg to flatten Taro's legs and keep him sitting in the corner where he was prone to pounding. Kagiyama could have just grinded out the decision, but he was nasty, just beating poor Taro until they put him out of his misery. Above average match.
Yuya Shibata vs. Naoyuki Kato R1 3:25. 21-year-old Shibata impressed me with his skills, as well as his resourcefulness and general ability to come up with and even chain together unexpected offense. Shibata landed a high kick, threw Kato, and locked an arm in modified guillotine when Kato stood where the forearm on the back of the head was providing most of the pressure. Kato almost passed when he popped his head out, but Shibata hooked a deep triangle that Kato eventually had to tap to. Above average match.
Hibiki Tamura vs. Ryuichiro Sumimura 3R. Tamura was outwrestling Sumimura, often by going against Sumimura's own momentum with twists, and trying to tap him. He had to be close with a Kimura, as you could see Sumimura's arm trembling. The fight became competitive in the second round, which was really back and forth, with some nice reversals and an overall high quality. Sumimura illegally used the ropes to counter the twist in the 2nd, taking Tamura's back and trying a Kimura but Tamura stood and dropped into a guillotine. This round could have gone either way, but Tamura reestablished control in the 3rd with his trips and grappling. Tamura won at least the 1st & 3rd, so I was surprised this was only a majority decision with one judge ruling it a draw. Above average match.
Seichi Ikemoto Retirement Match: Ryo Chonan vs. Seichi Ikemoto 3R. Chonan stood with Ikemoto at times, but won this with his ground game. Ikemoto did well on the inside with clinch knees, but his problem is he was too close on his range keepers, coming in on his jab rather than maintaing the distance and getting taken down when his teeps were caught. Chonan did well when he closed the distance with his punches, but it was mainly his ground and pound that won him the fight. The first round was mostly Chonan's, though Ikemoto came on with knees at the end, and Chonan's ground domination continued in the 2nd round although Ikemoto was actually comfortable off his back and content to get hit in exchange for the opportunity to hunt for submissions. Ikemoto landed a couple good rights to start the 3rd, but again closed the distance when he shouldn't have and got clipped with a short right for a flash knockdown. Ikemoto was just too hesitant in standup, especially with his jab, to the point that Chonan was actually the better jabber despite the notable reach disadvantage. The third round was by far the best as they were really throwing down for much of it, but Chonan got a late takedown, and typically Ikemoto lacked ideas to get off his back, but the ref stood them only to have Chonan get another takedown. Chonan won a unanimous decision. Above average match.
Harushige Shinokawa vs. Roy 3R Unanimous Decision
Sanshiro Nakakura vs. Takahiro Kawanaka R1 3:32
Koichi Ishizuka vs. Yoshiki Harada R1 3:54
Yuki Okano vs. Yoshitomo Watanabe R2 0:26
Shunsuke Inoue vs. Atsushi Yamada R2 0:16
Jong Wang Kim vs. Seigo (Mizuguchi) R1 0:37
Kazunori Yokota vs. Eun Kyum Kim R1 4:02
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Jutaro Nakao R1 1:07
Ryuta Sakurai vs. Yuji Sakuragi R1 1:04
Doo Ho Choi vs. Shoji (Maruyama) R2 2:33
Kieber Koike Erbst vs. Hideki Kadowaki R1 4:21
Shunsuke Inoue vs. Kim Nae Chul 3R
Akihiro Gono vs. Yuki Okano 3R
Yusaku Nakamura vs. Hiroshi Nakamura R3 0:53
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Parky Won Sik Park R2 4:46
Kazunori Yokota vs. Doo Ri Song R2 4:00
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Toshiaki Kitada 3R
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Yuji Sakuragi R3 2:49
Tsuda Katsunori vs. Tatsunao Nagakura R1 1:19
TG: Sandy vs. Paeng. Sandy had the reach, but Paeng did a better job of scoring from the outside by moving and using her middle and front kicks. Sandy caught a lot of the roundhouse kicks and used sweeps, and also eventually started scoring with her right hand. I thought Paeng won, but it was ruled a draw.
Hayato Suzuki vs. Tatsuhito Satsuma R2 3:45
Luiz Andrade vs. Shigenobu Takahashi R1 3:58
Ryo Sakai vs. Gabriel Zobo Lebay R1 2:51
Yoshiki Fukumoto vs. Yuichi Osono R1 0:46
Kenjiro Takahashi vs. Katsuyoshi Beppu by Unanimous Decision
Sota Kojima vs. Hideki Kiyota by Majority Decision
Hideto Tatsumi vs. Luke Mori by Majority Decision
Yoshifumi Nakamura vs. Yusuke Kagiyama by Majority Decision
Hidehiko Hasegawa Retirement Match: Ken Hamamura vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa by Unanimous Decision
Keita Nakamura vs. Kwang Hee ‘Crazy’ Lee
Yuki Motoya vs. Kiyotaka Shimizu by Unanimous Decision
DEEP Haleo IMPACT 12/22/12
Daiju Takase vs. Yuji Sakuragi R2 1:33
Ryuta Sakurai vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara R3 0:46
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Jae Eun Kim R1 2:46
Kazuo Misaki Retirement Exhibition Match: Kazuo Misaki vs. Akihiro Gono
DEEP 65th IMPACT 3/22/14
Hiroaki Okada vs. Kento Kayukawa R1 2:18
Yasuaki Miura vs. Hiroshi Takahashi R1 1:55
Naoki Shimamura vs. Yuki Ohara R1 1:56
Yusaku Fujisawa vs. Liger Narita R1 3:58
Masato Kobayashi vs. Masahito Wachi R1 0:24
Yoichi Fukumoto vs. Luiz Andrade 2R Unanimous Decision
Juri Ohara vs. Ryosuke Togashi R1 0:14
Seigo Mizuguchi vs. Ryo Sakai R1 2:31
Seiji Akao vs. Koichi Ishizuka 2R
Yuki Okano vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya R1 4:53
Hiroshi Nakamura vs. Tomomi Iwama 3R
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Shigetoshi Iwase 2R
Yuki Motoya vs. Masakazu Imanari 3R
Megaton Title Match: Ken Hasegawa vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura 3R Majority Decision
TG: Nicole Coleman vs. Kathi Fabbri
Enfusion 3: Trial of the Gladiators Quarterfinal 8/17/11
Ritchie Hocking vs. Hakan Aksoy
Sahak Parparyan vs. Eddie Walker
Mizuto Hirota vs. Daisuke Nakamura 2R
Won-Il Kwon vs. Hirotaka Miyakawa R1 0:36
Kota Ishibashi vs. Sotaro Kojima 2R
Ken Hamamura vs. Hidetaka Monma R2 2:02
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Masanori Kanehara R1 1:37. Kitada had Kanehara in a guillotine by the ropes, but Kanehara drove with his legs, causing them to go crashing off the apron to the floor. Kitada almost managed to turn Kanehara over on the way down so he'd be on top, but instead kind of got caught in between positions & landed hard on his head/neck. He was down in pain for several minutes before the DQ'd Kanehara for causing them to take the dive to the floor.
DEEP Welterweight Title Decision Match: Yuta Watanabe vs. Taisuke Okuno R3 0:26. An interesting fight because Okuno was seemingly the far better standup fighter at the start of the fight, and he was able to keep the fight where he wanted it for the most part, but he wound up losing fairly decisively because he just did what he did without every doing anything to obstruct Watanabe. Okuno is quick, moves well, and has a big right hand that he's always trying to set up by mixing his left hand leads, using hooks to the body & head as well as the traditional jab. He basically only punches, but he's finished a lot of fights (10 of his 12 wins coming into this fight) with his fists, so he had reason to be confident, apart from the fact that Watanabe was so easily defending his attacks. Watanabe was extremely calm & very much about economy. He wasted no energy & no movement, and was very precise in his attempts. His takedowns didn't always succeed, but you had to defend them properly & well to make them fail, and that was the key to this fight because his big advantage was conditioning. Watanabe gave one of the most patient performances I've ever seen. He was just blocking strikes for the first few minutes letting Okuno wear himself out & while learning his patterns. Watanabe's plan certainly wasn't to slug it out, but his attempts to wrestle didn't produce anything beyond control, while on the other hand he cut Okuno easily around the eye when he finally started throwing his jab. Okuno must have thrown 10 times as many punches as Watanabe did in the first round, but was rarely connecting, while Watanabe only started throwing late, but landed almost everything & caused the damage. The key factor here was stamina, as everything Watanabe did or didn't do was designed to wear Okuno out, whether it be letting Okuno keep attacking him in standup or never letting his grasp go once he got hold of Okuno, making him fight back to a knee & then fight back to a knee again and then fight back up to his feet rather than just abandoning the takedown when Okuno first stood. Watanabe used his standup to set up the early takedown in the 2nd, and all the energy he made Okuno burn to get loose really changed the fight. Okuno just went all out once he finally broke the grasp, but his mouth was wide open & he was sucking wind. The fight really took off from this point & turned into a big time phone booth slugfest. Okuno was throwing good combinations, changing levels regularly & really concentrating on setting up the right hand, but he was so lost in his own offense that he never bothered to disrupt Watanabe's left jab, so Watanabe just kept tagging the bloody right eye. One of Okuno's problems is he was giving up too much height/reach, so he was stuck fighting inside, which actually negated a lot of his technical advantages, but mostly his simple refusal to defend Watanabe's jab allowed Watanabe to succeed with about as much effort as is required for a relaxing afternoon of quail "hunting". Watanabe didn't follow his jab that well, his right doesn't flow & is rather pushy, but when the jab always lands, and lands to an area that's already injured, the rest is really gravy. The more Okuno got battered & bloodied, the slower he got & the lower his hands dropped, so then Watanabe was able to land seemingly whatever combos he practices on the punching bag because Okuno wasn't making it any more difficult. Since every country needs a zombie, Okuno would certainly be a leading candidate for the Japanese Zombie moniker given he never wavered from what he does, and that's coming forward throwing punch combos. Okuno actually seemed somewhat refreshed to start the 3rd, but either his corner offers no changes or he's incapable of implementing them. In any case, Watanabe knew exactly what was coming & when by this point, and did a nice drop down to slip Okuno's right then came back up with a big left hook. Okuno's legs were gone, and as he wobbled around after taking the follow up right hand, his corner decided this wasn't going to be Day of the Dead & threw in the towel. Good match.
DEEP Welterweight Title Decision Match: Takafumi Otsuka vs. Kenji Osawa R3
DEEP Light Heavyweight Title Decision Match: Yoshiyuki Nakanishi vs. Shunsuke Inoue R2 0:58
DEEP Featherweight Title Decision Match: Kazunori Yokota vs. Katsunori Tsuda 3R
DEEP Lightweight Title Decision Match: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Naoto Miyazaki 3R
Keita Nakamura vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya 4:13 R1
Haruo Ochi vs. Masakazu Imanari 0:51 R2
Kenji Osawa retirement exhibition gauntlet match vs. Hidetaka Monma, Akira Shoji, Ryo Chonan, Takeya Mizugaki
Yuki Motoya vs. Yoshiro Maeda 4:59 R1. One of the things that makes Yuki Motoya special is choosing to engage in a firefight isn't merely an option to have an entertaining fight, it's also a strategy that will lead to victory. Though Maeda was on the decline at this point, he's still more than a formidable opponent who has held multiple titles in Japan & had a match of the year challenging Miguel Torres for the Bantamweight Title on WEC 34 6/1/08. Motoya just pressured Maeda, and as soon as he stunned him with a jumping knee he just kept throwing & throwing. This wasn't wild winging, Motoya was always almost as calm & clearheaded as he was aggressive. Maeda landed a few good shots, sure, but Motoya is simply the more powerful striker & he's got the reflexes to defend as well as the speed to land the vast majority of the shots in this wild flurry. Maeda had no choice but to take him down, and no choice was really the motif of this match, as Maeda was always on the defensive, boxed into minimal options which generally weren't ideal. Motoya is okay with taking a shot or giving up a takedown here and there because he knows that bombarding the opponent will make them do desparate things, and more often than not he'll anticipate their gambles & make them pay, and if not he'll probably counter them so it won't matter. Maeda, who was leaking blood from just 15 seconds of swinging with Motoya, was able to mount momentarily, but Motoya reguarded, swept, & pounded him from rear mount trying to open up his rear naked choke attempts. Motoya's ability to chain submissions & mix punches in with these attempts was really impressive. This was just constant pressure on all fronts. Maeda made a good move here & there, for instance turning out of a body triangle to eliminate the threat of the rear naked choke, but was almost always making these moves to survive. Motoya was simply a step or two ahead of Maeda all fight, and went right into a triangle armbar then shifted to a belly down armbar for the win. Just a great performance from Motoya & even if it was one-sided, so much fun seeing such a high paced match with constant flurrying & scrambling. Good match.
full match list coming soon
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Seigo Mizuguchi
Akito Mitoma vs. Kuma "Liger" Narita 2R Unanimous Dec
Yuma Horiuchi vs. Yuya Kodama 1:36 R1
Kodai Murata vs. Yuki Takano 2R Unanimous Dec
Kimihiro Eto vs. Takaaki Aoki 0:48 R2
Sota Kojima vs. Jae Kyung Kim 2R Unanimous Dec
Yasuaki Kishimoto vs. Juri Ohara 3:09 R1
Yoichi Fukumoto vs. Yukinari Tamura 2R Draw
Yuya Shibata vs. Kota Ishibashi 2R Unanimous Dec
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Joong Geun Kang 1:02 R1
Masakazu Imanari vs. Chan Jung Park 0:22 R1
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Peter Cepeda 1:02 R1
Kazunori Yokota vs. Yusuke Kagiyama 2:38 R1
DEEP Flyweight Title Match: Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Yuki Motoya 4:15 R2. A rematch from DEEP 63 8/25/13 where Motoya lost the title via split decision. This was another really high level competitive fight between the two best fighters in the organization, pretty much split down the middle as Wada owned the standup (1st round) while Motoya owned the ground (2nd round). Both fighters are supposed to be 5'7", but Wada has a noticable height & reach advantage. Motoya is the better fighter all things being equal, but Wada is a really tough matchup for him because he's the one guy that's been able to keep Motoya out of striking range. Motoya normally has ability to just get in the pocket & win by being the harder hitter & better athlete, his big left hook will connect sooner or later & and his oppononents just don't have that kind of weapon, but today he was only standing up because Wada was defending his takedowns. Generally speaking, Wada won this fight at distance & Motoya, as always, won the fight in the pocket, but there were few instances of the later. Wada's problem was that he's not a true distance fighter. He likes to step forward on his strikes, which gave Motoya the opportunity to counter or lock him up, though Motoya isn't a true counter puncher or grappler & Wada did a good job at sliding back out of the pocket without getting hit with a bomb. Wada was able to stuff some good takedown attempts in the 1st despite Motoya getting in with a good clasp, and generally his fighting long was keeping Motoya from trying often. Wada was especially successful at keeping Motoya from coming forward early, being active with his range finders while being ready to counter when Motoya tried to close distance kept the fight under his control. The key spot of round 1 was early on when Wada caught Motoya coming in with a big uppercut because, sending the message that Motoya was going to have to carefully work his way in, and this more or less kept him at bay the rest of the round. Motoya landed a few solid right hooks to the body off missed left hooks, but couldn't land the left hook follow up either. Wada just outworked him in the first, and although Wada wasn't landing huge shots, it was pretty much one-way traffic when Wada was on the outside either using his reach or coming in momentarily on his own terms. Motoya changed things up in the 2nd, using an inside leg kick lead to try to set up his hook. He finally got a takedown early, & took the back as Wada was standing back up, trying for a rear naked choke then sliding off into heel hook & kneebar attempts. Motoya just relentlessly pressured Wada on the mat, pounding away when he wasn't trying for a submission. Motoya's pace was gassing both fighters, but Motoya wasn't going to stop until the fight was his. Finally, Wada gave his back as Motoya went for an arm triangle, and this time Motoya was able to get in deep on the rear naked choke & regain his title forcing Wada to tap. Good match.
Hiroto Sakuma vs. Harushige Shinokawa 2R Majority Dec
Naoto Miyazaki vs. AB (Hiroki Aoki) 2R Split Dec
Keita Nakamura vs. Yuki Okano 0:26 R2
Satoko Shinashi vs. Ye Jin Jung 1:15 R1
DJ. taiki (Daiki Hata) vs. Seiji Akao 3R Split Dec
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Toshinori Tsunemura 4:46 R3
Daisuke Nakamura vs. Shinji Sasaki 3R Draw
Mizuto Hirota vs. Masakazu Imanari 1:38 R2
DEEP Middleweight Title Next Challenger Decision Match: Yoshiyuki Nakanishi vs. Ryuta Sakurai 3R Unanimous Dec
Tatsuya Tomozane vs. Kazushi Tsukagoshi 1:26 R2
Satoshi Yamasu vs. Michihito Abe 1:40 R1. Yamasu actually won with the headscissors he was using to assist him in wrenching Abe's arm out for a Kimura.
Kazuyuki Numajiri vs. Liger Narita 1:57 R1
Ken Saotome vs. Fuhito Hasegawa 2R Unanimous Dec
Yuki Suzuki vs. Nao Yoneda 2R Majority Dec
Seita Katsuki vs. Hiroki Kishino 2R Majority Dec
Koichi Ishizuka vs. Daisuke Endo 3R Unanimous Dec
Shigetoshi Iwase vs. Yukinari Tamura 3:40 R2
Daisuke Nakamura vs. Yoichi Fukumoto 0:11 R3
DEEP Welterweight Title Match: Yuta Watanabe vs. Yuya Shirai 2:34 R1
Kazuhiro Nakamura Retirement Match: Yoshiyuki Nakanishi vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura 3R Unanimous Dec
Takashi Sato vs. Hidetora 4:21 R1
ROY vs. Hiroto Sakuma 1:41 R1
Young Bok Kil vs. Tomoya Kato 2R majority dec
Makoto Kamaya vs. Yoshiki Harada 4:31 R1
Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Raika Emiko 4:06 R1
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. V.V Mei (Yamaguchi) 2R unanimous decision
Yasuaki Kishimoto vs. Yoshiaki Takahashi 3R Split Dec
Mizuto Hirota vs. Kyu Hwa Kim 0:33 R2
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Haruo Ochi 3R Majority Dec
Kazunori Yokota vs. ISAO (Isao Kobayashi) 3R unanimous decision
Yuki Motoya vs. Matt Manzanares 3:17 R3
Yuma Horiuchi vs. Naoyuki Kato 0:30 R1
Sota Kojima vs. Masato Kobayashi 3R unanimous decision
Tatsunao Nagakura vs. George Hickman 3R unanimous decision
Satoko Shinashi vs. Rika Hamada 3:29 R1
Emi Fujino vs. Emi Tomimatsu 3R unanimous decision
Hikaru Sato vs. Hirohide Fujinuma 2:12 R1
Kiyotaka Shimizu vs. Yuya Shibata 2:41 R1
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Taichi Nakajima 3R unanimous decision
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Ryuichi Miki 2:07 R3
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Takafumi Otsuka 3:30 R1
Lightweight Title Match: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida 3R unanimous decision
Haruki Nakayama vs. Seung Hyuk Hong 2R Unanimous Decision
Yuki Takano vs. Daishuke Tatsumi 2R Unanimous Decision
Takuya Oyama vs. Hiroshi Hayashi R2 0:27
Michihito Abe vs. Hirotaka Miyakawa R2 3:37
Juri Ohara vs. Yusaku Fujisawa R2 1:40
Luiz Andrade vs. Ken Hamamura 2R Majority Draw
Yuki Okano vs. Kimihiro Eto R1 2:31
Haruo Ochi vs. Kota Ishibashi 2R Unanimous Draw
Satoko Shinashi vs. Emi Yamamoto R1 1:36
Naoto Miyazaki vs. Shigetoshi Iwase 3R Majority Decision
Keita Nakamura vs. Yoshiyuki Katahira R1 3:47
Ken Hasegawa vs. Ryuta Sakurai R1 4:10
Kanai Takuya vs. Jin Seok Kim 4:00 R1
Naoki Inoue vs. Kenji Yamanaka 2:21 R1
Yuma Horiuchi vs. Yudai Ishida 3:04 R2
Hirotaka Miyakawa vs. Ryuji Akijima 2R One cool thing about MMA is you can put a couple of undercard jobbers together and they can still have a good, back & forth action packed fight. Akijima came in at 1-6, while Miyakawa was 6-13-2, but they had a cool tall vs. short, striker vs. grappler match. Akijima, a 5'10" bantamweight, had 5" on his more normally sized 135 pound opponent, and looked to use his length to keep distance early then closed the distance & came close with a guillotine attempt. Miyakawa took over with his wrestling once he escaped the guillotine, and had his own guillotine attempt, jumping into it as Akijima was finally able to get to his feet. Miyakawa was generally in control after the opening barrage by Akijima, as Akijima was good at his own offense but didn't account for the opponent as well, but Akijima had a lot of heart, and was always able to defend long enough while maintaining enough energy that he could seize an opportunity with an explosive flurry of strikes. Both finished the 1st strong, with a wild explosion of action where Akijima would try to come in behind straights & throw knees in close & Miyakawa would try to catch him coming in with huge overhands. He used his overhands to get inside early in the 2nd, but Akijima defended the takedown in the corner & dropped Miyakawa with a right straight counter to his overhand right then tried to stand over him & finish with punches, but Miyakawa tripped him up with a heel hook attempt. Later, Miyakawa was almost swept trying to pass 1/2 guard, but was able to take Akijima's back & nearly armbar him. Again, Akijima not only defended, but exploded out with a barrage of punches, leading to a finish similar to the first pitting Akijima's straights against Miyakawa's wild overhand haymakers. Miyakawa won a majority decision (one judge had it a draw). Good match.
Tomohiko Hori vs. Yuki Takano 3:16 R1
Takuya Oyama vs. Seita Katsuki 4:20 R1
Takashi Sato vs. Yusaku Tsukumo 2:09 R1
Makoto Kamaya vs. Fuhito Hasegawa 2:12 R2
Yuki Okano vs. Daisuke Nakamura 3R Unanimous Dec
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Kyu Hwa Kim 2:24 R3
Yuki Motoya vs. Jong Heon Chae 2:08 R1
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Toshiaki Kitada 3R Unanimous Dec
Toshinari Ogawa vs. Ken Nakano 2:46 R1
Yoshihiko Shinzato vs. Kuma Goroshi Narita 4:49 R1
Tomohiro Adaniya vs. Isamu Odagiri 3:42 R1
Yuki Ohara vs. Suguru Nii 2R. We all want to see the most talented fighters, but sometimes it's more exciting to watch guys that just go after it precisely because they aren't that amazing. These two guys, especially Nii, were all offense & only offense, going all out for the finish from bell to bell. Nii was a madman, just charging in naked & bombing away with big rights. I love his unbridled aggression, and Ohara loved his predictability, as he kept dropping him with right hand counters because he knew what to expect. Nii would just get back up undeterred & do it again though. Ohara had a big middle kick & really worked Nii over on the ground after one of the knockdowns, but basically realized that he didn't need to make anything happen, he could just wait for Nii to end his circling & dart in bombing wild right hands. Nii is really quick & a great athlete, so if someone could get him to mix his footwork, fake & feint, and use his left hand he could probably be a really good fighter, but today Ohara was beating him largely because he was more disciplined. Nii caught the middle kick early in the 2nd & tripped Ohara, but as with his standup game, he couldn't resist taking the big chance, and lost control failing to do a spectacular 360 spin into an armbar. Nii had more success with his super aggressive charges in the 2nd, landing some bombs as Ohara slowed down a little, but Ohara got the better of him on the mat because Nii would keep driving for hopeless single legs, allowing Ohara to trap his arm & Ohara punch him in the ribs from rear side mount as his blood dripped all over Nii's back. Both men were dead by the end of the fight, but that didn't stop them from going all out for the finish, they kept winging away with noodle arms until the closing bell then Nii collapsed & lay on his back to actually take a breath. Ohara won a unanimous decision. Good match.
Kimihiro Eto vs. Yasuhiro Kawasaki 2R Unanimous Dec
Luiz Andrade vs. Yukinari Tamura Draw
Ken Saotome vs. Daisuke Endo 3R Unanimous Dec
Kota Shimoishi vs. Shigetoshi Iwase 3R Unanimous Dec
Masakazu Imanari vs. Moon Hwan Yang 0:21 R1
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Jae Hyun So 4:13 R1
Kazunori Yokota vs. Kenjiro Takahashi 3R Unanimous Dec
Yuki Sasaki vs. Hidenobu Koike 4:40 R1
Takuya Maruoka vs. Ryu-do 3:55 R1
Michihito Abe vs. Yuki Takano KO/TKO, 1:53 R2
Takuya Oyama vs. Ken Hamamura 2R Majority Dec
Hiroto Uesako vs. Juri Ohara 1:57 R1
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Kimihiro Eto 2:19 R3
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Sung Soo Lee 3R Unanimous Dec
Satoko Shinashi vs. Hee Da Choi 2:30 R2
Tatsuya Mizuno vs. Jun Hee Moon 5:00 R2
DEEP Openweight Title Decision Match: Jaideep Singh vs. Carlos Toyota 5:00 R2
DEEP Flyweight Title Match: Yuki Motoya vs. Sota Kojima Unanimous Dec
Kanai Takuya vs. Seio Date 2R Draw
Kazuhide Shirota vs. Hiroto Sakuma 4:45 R1
Takahiro Okoshi vs. Satoshi Yamasu 3:30 R1
Tamotsu Hayashi vs. Yusaku Fujisawa 4:02 R1
Naoki Inoue vs. Chikara Shimabukuro 2R Unanimous Dec
Isamu Odagiri vs. Iyori Akiba 2R Majority Dec
Luiz Andrade vs. Seita Katsuki 2:55 R2
Kota Ishibashi vs. Haruki Nakayama 2:27 R1
Daisuke Endo vs. Ryo 2R Unanimous Dec
Haruo Ochi vs. Joo Ho Son 2:37 R2
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Ken Saotome 3R Draw
Kazunori Yokotavs. Masakazu Imanari 3R Unanimous Dec
Keisuke Iwata vs. Chan Sae Park 3:52 R1
Masahiro Oishi vs. Hirotaka Miyakawa 1:45 R1
Juri Ohara vs. Kenjiro Takahashi 5:00 R1
Kimihiro Eto vs. Takuya Oyama 2R Majority Dec
Makoto Kamaya vs. Michihito Abe 2R Majority Dec
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Yo Saito 3:41 R2
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Jae Nam Yoo 4:03 R2
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Daisuke Endo 3R Unanimous Dec
Yushin Okami vs. Ryuta Sakurai 4:23 R2
Yuya Shirai vs. Ikuhisa Minowa 3R Unanimous Dec
Hidemasa Soga vs. Shoryu Date 2:52 R1
Rio Date vs. Yasuaki Miura 2:14 R1. Date wins with a series of punches from the bottom.
Yuki Ohara vs. Yoshihiko Shinzato 1:49 R2
Kazuhide Shirota vs. Takahiro Okoshi 2R Unanimous Dec
Yusaku Tsukumo vs. Nao Yoneda 2:28 R2
Juri Ohara vs. Tae Ho Jin 2R Unanimous Dec
Takuya Oyama vs. Mitsuhiro Okada 2R Unanimous Dec
Naoki Inoue vs. Iyori Akiba 4:32 R1
Yuma Horiuchi vs. Yasutaka Ishigami 2R Unanimous Dec
Kota Ishibashi vs. Isamu Odagiri 2R Unanimous Dec
Shigetoshi Iwase vs. Luiz Andrade 2R Unanimous Dec
Naoto Miyazaki vs. Tamotsu Hayashi 4:27 R1
Masakazu Imanari vs. Nam Phan 0:35 R1
Tatsunao Nagakura vs. Hiroto Uesako 3R Unanimous Dec
Taito Kubota vs. Keisuke Nakayama Unanimous Dec
Yusuke Matsubaya vs. Darani Date 2R Majority Dec
Ryuichiro Sumimura vs. Rio Date 1:18 R2
Kimihiro Eto vs. Yukinari Tamura 2R Majority Dec
Makoto Kamaya vs. Yuki Takano 4:39 R1
Satoko Shinashi vs. Jissho Date 1:32 R1
DEEP Strawweight 1st Champion Decision GP 1st Round: Sota Kojima vs. Hiroyuki Abe 4:59 R2
DEEP Strawweight 1st Champion Decision GP 1st Round: Kanta Sato vs. Haruo Ochi 3R Split Dec
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Takuya Oyama 4:46 R2
DEEP Bantamweight Title Match: Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Yuya Shibata Unanimous Dec
DEEP Lightweight Title Match: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kota Shimoishi 3R Unanimous Dec
Kazuhide Shirota vs. Yo Saito 2R Majority Dec
Michihito Abe vs. Hiroyuki Kobayashi 2R Unanimous Dec
Isao Takahashi vs. Yoshinori Fukumoto 2R. Fukumoto made his debut in 2007, and has "consistently" fought every 3 or 4 years. Now, at age 52, he entered the squared circle sporting a 3-0 record with his longest fight lasting 1:11. Fukumoto is all offense to the point he gets beat up on his feet & reversed on the mat because he's too busy thinking about what he's going to do to consider what the opponent might try back. This isn't a fight to show your trainees, and I'm sure GSP would be constantly cringing because there's so many openings for actual fighting being presented, but this is a really fun fight if you like all action & a ton of heart. Fukumoto came out blasting the leg, trying to intimidate his winless opponent. Unfortunately for Fukumoto, Takahashi didn't back down, and instead fired back with his own leg kick then dropped Fukumoto with a short left. Fukumoto popped up, but Takahashi backed him with a flurry of punches & dropped him a 2nd time with a step knee to the chin. You figured Fukumoto wasn't going to withstand this barrage, but he just ate shots until he could lock a bodylock, and spun into a takedown despite Takahashi already having a guillotine mostly locked in. Fukumoto eventually popped his head out & momentarily went on the offensive before his lack of locking down positions bit him again. Takahashi had much better chances to finish with a leg Americana, but Fukumoto took his back the first time & time expired the second time. Takahashi hit a spinning backfist/left hook/knee combo early in the 2nd, but Fukumoto tied him up, took him down, and flurried from the mount until his indifference to what Takahashi was doing got him reversed again, though Fukumoto immediately went into a triangle. Both fighters were beyond gassed in the 2nd half of round 2, and you thought Fukumoto would finally wilt to either damage or fatigue, but he has 1000 days to recover before the next fight, so he somehow managed to hang in there. Sure, this was a sloppy fight, but it was so much fun. Fukumoto lost a unanimous decision, but I look forward to seeing him again in 2020! Good match.
Naoki Inoue vs. Go Minamide 2R Majority Dec
Juri Ohara vs. Kenjiro Takahashi R1
Yutaro Muramoto vs. Altantsetseg Uuganbayar 2R Unanimous Dec
Jae Woong Byun vs. Masakazu Imanari 3R Majority Dec
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Jin Soo Son 3R Majority Dec
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Baataryn Azjavkhlan 2:35 R2
Yuki Motoya vs. Dong Hyuk Ko 3:09 R1
Ken Hasegawa vs. Yoshiyuki Nakanishi 2:04 R1
12th IMPACT 9/15/03: Ryuta Sakurai vs. Hirohide Fujinuma R1 3:46. Some good submission action here. Fujinuma was okay with getting taken down because he eyed the guillotine, but once Sakurai got free, Fujinuma panicked after a couple of punches and gave his back, allowing Sakurai to transition from rear naked choke to an arm hyperextending triangle armbar. I though Sakurai might have him, but Fujinuma pulled his head out and seemed to stabilize in top control only to be rolled and tapped via Kimura.
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Dos Caras Jr. (Alberto Del Rio) vs. Kengo Watanabe R1 0:50. Watanabe stuffed the takedown and put a hurting on Dos, but Dos came back with a belly to belly suplex. The move wasn't damaging in and of itself, but of course Watanabe wasn't expecting it, and he landed just awfully, basically breaking his own arm by chickenwinging it on the canvas.
clubDeep 11/24/03, 82kg Tournament 1st Round: Shinya Aoki vs. Dai Okimura digest of R1 3:14. Aoki's debut. I was surprised to see Aoki looking so confident in his striking, even landing a nice hook kick at the outset.
1st IMPACT 1/8/01: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Ricardo Liborio 3R. In his only MMA fight, head instructor and co-founder of American Top Team Liborio sticks to his strengths to the point it looks like he's in another BJJ match. Liborio dominated the grappling, working to break down Minowa's guard so he could then go for the finish from the dominant position, but Minowa did a nice job of maintaining or retaining at least half guard. Liborio finally passed and went right into a rear naked choke in the final seconds of round 2. Liborio almost looked to be setting up the pro wrestling rolling cradle the way he took Minowa's back to start the 3rd the way the 2nd finish, but though Minowa was controlled, he always found a way to counter, squirm, and scramble out of anything dangerous. The first round was pretty dull, and you never felt Minowa could win, but overall it was a fairly interesting, if one-sided technical grappling match. Average match.
10th IMPACT 6/25/03: Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Dave Menne R2 2:02. Menne dominated the 1st round on the scorecards with the safest ground and pound you'll ever see, not giving Sakurai a chance to try any sweep or throw up any submission. Then suddenly, Menne remembered he was actually more interesting than GSP, but his heel hook attempt immediately backfired and Sakurai cracked him with a knee and had a flash takedown. Menne again had the takedown in R2, but this time Sakurai was able to use his arms and feet to keep Menne farther away, which allowed Sakurai to strike from the bottom and set up the triangle. Menne was cut deeply, but under the eye, leading to a very controversial stoppage of a fight he was clearly winning, even though it was getting much more interesting. Above average match.
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Katsuhisa Fujii R1 3:59. Rogerio's debut match. Fujii just wanted to fight standup, so Nogueira was hesitant to exchange, but then got the takedown despite Fujii's best efforts to hold the ropes. On the ground, it was all Nogueira, softening Fujii up by posturing up and blasting away then swinging around into the armbar.
1st IMPACT 1/8/01: Takehiro Murahama vs. Royler Gracie 2R. Looked like it might be a quick win or a lengthy domination for Gracie, but ultimately it was a good stylistic battle with both men showcased the strengths of their disciplines. Gracie had Murahama's back for almost the entire 1st round, working for or on the rear naked choke then gambling on the armbar just before the 10 minutes were up. Murahama got his shootboxing going in R2, alternating between chipping away at the leg to slow the takedown and hammering Royler with overhand rights, the later of which soon propelled Royler to his back. Royler quickly recovered from the knockdown and hit a takedown, chipping away at Murahama for several minutes until Murahama used his legs to get Gracie off and fired up, bringing some more huge overhand rights that this time had Gracie voluntarily diving to his back in panic. Though Gracie came off as a wimp, ultimately it was good strategy as Murahama got antsy and tried to drop down for a punch, but Gracie got a takedown from his knees at the bell. Gracie controlled 3/4 of the fight, but Murahama's standup sequences were so spirited that he made the fight and the impression on the audience. Good match.
clubDeep 11/24/03, 82kg Tournament Final: Shinya Aoki vs. Yasutoshi Ryu R1 0:51. Aoki got the takedown into side mount, shifted to full, and armbarred for the win.
8th IMPACT 3/4/03: Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Ryuki Ueyama 3R. These two were very diverse, and just went back and forth with good action and counters no matter where the fight was taking place. Neither cared that much about defense, preferring to gamble on their own offense to try to finish the fight. Sakurai came the closest to winning with a deep triangle late in the 1st, but Ueyama was saved by the bell. Both could take a shot and were very scrappy and resiliant. Sakurai was stronger early in the fight, but Ueyama had more stamina, and was in control late (though he also figured he was down on the cards). I agree that Sakurai won, but Ueyama was much closer to him in ability than he ever got credit for. Good match.
1st IMPACT 1/8/01: Paulo Filho vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya R2 0:29. Filho just had too much strength and too much grappling skill for Yamamiya. Filho would hit the double let and Yamamiya would immediately guard, but Filho would posture up to the point of standing and drop punches down on Yamamiya, who for some reason was content to stay there rather than releasing his guard so Filho didn't have free shots at his chin and hopefully creating a scramble or an opportunity to stand back up in the process. Yamamiya survived a round of this, even with Filho mounting late, but Filho wasn't coming up short on the punches in the 2nd, quickly getting the stoppage.
1st IMPACT 1/8/01: Marcelo Tigre vs. Katsuhisa Fujii R2 2:27. I always thought of Fujii as kind of a jobber, but the guy showed some good ability here, he just couldn't see it to the finish. Fujii really dominated the 1st round, outgrappling Tigre badly no matter who initiated the takedown and using the positions to beat him up with knees. Tigre finally got a desperation takedown on the second effort near the end of round 1 and tried a sloppy armbar then triangle from the bottom as time expired. Fujii threw a few good low kicks to start the 2nd, but that gave Tige the opening he needed to get the takedown, and again Tigre's submission game was well above Fujii's. The difference, obviously, is this time he had a whole round to work with so he didn't have to rush and gamble. Tigre immediately took side control, only to be rehalfguarded, but Tigre passed and punched Fujii until he surrendered his back, and thus neck for the rear naked choke. These guys made some mistakes, but I felt like it was an entertaining match with a pretty good level and obviously a nice comeback from Tigre after a poor first round. Above average match.
22nd IMPACT 12/2/05: Takanori Kuno vs. Yuki Sasaki R1 2:20. Given that Kuno's entire MMA career amounted to 2 losses in just over 3 minutes, I wasn't expecting much. However, he was very comfortable out there, showing some thoughtfulness (faking an ankle lock to set up a guard pass) and a few decent punches. The problem was he held his hands low, and once Sasaki decided to unleash his right hand, that was all she wrote.
24th IMPACT 4/11/06: Joey Villasenor vs. Yuya Shirai 2R. A fun fight because both were more concerned about offense than defense. They kind of took turns going for their best shot in standup, and that continued on the ground with whoever had control either trying to finish with a submission or getting reversed. Shirai landed some good kicks, mostly low, but while Villasenor's championship amateur boxing gave him a clear technical advantage, it was his size and the punching power that came with that which were most impressive. The ground was more even, but even there the advantage went to Villasenor, so it was a good decision in his favor. Above average match.
12th IMPACT 9/15/03: Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan R3 2:10. An amazing brawl. Perhaps the most awesome aspect of this match is these two aren't really brawlers, so they combined a lot of good skill, technique, and diversity into a fearless back and forth slugfest. Round 1 was surely the highlight. It is no hyperbole to say this wa one of the great rounds in the history of combat sports. Both fighters did huge damage with their first attack and flurry that could have been enough to lead to the stoppage, and they somehow not only survived but continued to go back and forth with more great, high impact stuff that really should have finished. The heart and beard these two showed here was just unreal. Sakurai dropped Chonan with a left hook counter early on, and was punishing him with ground punches until Sakurai dropped for an ill advised heel hook that was never there. Sakurai was able to get back up though and pound down on Chonan some more until the ref stood them because Ryo was in the ropes, and Ryo countered a lunging right with a short punch and went to town with Sakurai stuck on the ropes. Sakurai arguably inflicted more damage here than Sakurai had earlier, but Sakurai regained the advantage with a hip toss and mounted only to get reversed. Sakurai was just getting pounded on the ground - truly this fight has some of the most vicious ground and pound ever especially when considering these guys aren't the usual takedown and punch types - and you just wondered why he refused to close his guard because he was too busy taking one huge shot after another to think about going for something from the bottom. I suppose though it was impressive he could just stay conscious to the point that any thought process would have been a major bonus. I gave Chonan the 1st because of the beating he put on Sakurai at the end, and it had to be hugely deflating for Sakurai to wind up right back on his back to start the 2nd, but the break did allow for some thought, and this time he closed the guard. Sakurai made no move to get off his back, but came back with a wild abisegiri and took the top once the ref restarted them. Chonan swept when Sakurai was trying to pass, but again Sakurai locked him down. Still, Chonan finished the round on top, and the control was enough to edge the round back in his favor. Sakurai changed things up to start the third, throwing a punch combo so he could drop for the takedown. Chonan fought it off for quite a while, and it wasn't until Sakurai changed it up again, disengaging to throw a punch then going back to the bodylock and trip that Sakurai was able to hit the takedown. Sakurai tried to posture up for some bombs, but Chonan was ready and snuck a few up kicks in, cutting Sakurai under the eye. Sakurai's eye moused up immediately, impairing the vision, and after the doctor pushed his thumb into it because that obviously would help he decided to stop it (when it didn't???). The finish was obviously a bit anticlimactic, but at least the guy that was seemingly ahead on the scorecards came out on top. Great match.
22nd IMPACT 12/2/05, Deep Featherweight Champion Decision Tournament Final: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Masakazu Imanari R3 1:31. Imanari is a fascinating fighter to watch, and undoubtedly an infuriating guy to fight, especially if you are a striker like Maeda because you feel like he doesn't earn a ground fight, he just weasles out of a standup fight. His unwillingness to engage on his feet for more than a single shot took Maeda out of his game, and created a lot of positions that were unique, at least to any match other than Imanari's. It took Imanari less than 30 seconds to find a way to drop to the ground and use an omoplata to set up a leg lock, in this case a kneebar that he did his best to hold as Maeda dragged him across the ring with his attempts to pull the leg out by hopping. Imanari would just try for a hope and a prayer big finishing strike to get himself into position to pull guard, even trying a couple kicks that would make Ralph Macchio proud, at least if anyone remembered who he was. Maeda was willing to ground and pound him, but Imanari trapped his arm on a guard pass punch, and Maeda had to punch his way out of a painful shoulder lock. Maeda made Imanari pay for jumping guard early in the 2nd by slamming him, but I'm pretty sure Imanari likes being on his back so much he's content with that trade. Imanari managed to lock an armbar in this exchange, and although he didn't fully extend it and Maeda was able to slam his way out, Maeda still appeared to sustain some sort of wrist or lower arm injury. Maeda began taking more chances in standup since Imanari was just going to flop to his back anyway, but it didn't work because when Maeda tried a flying knee, Imanari flopped to his back to avoid, or probably really just to flop to his back. Imanari seized the leg after one of his flops, and Maeda had to work to punch his way out of the kneebar. Maeda got so disgusted with Imanari's tactics by the end of the 2nd, he decided to oblige and drop into his guard for a spirited exchange where Imanari again got hold of the arm, but this time wasn't able to do anything with it. In the 3rd, Imanari dropped under a punch and managed to trip Maeda up enough to hook his arm and work for the armbar, but Maeda stomped his face & countered with a triangle. Imanari somehow just got his head out and dropped into a toe hold then torked for the win. The finish looked a bit fishy to me, but it was a real one of a kind entertaining and irritating at the same time match. Good match.
10th IMPACT 6/25/03: Noboru Asahi vs. Tomomi Iwama R3 0:42. Asahi returned to the ring after a 3 year absense for what would unfortunately prove to be his final fight. The perpetual Shooto Featherweight Champion of the '90's was now looking a bit dated, as his striking was upright and flatfooted with no hip rotation or power being generated by his core. Asahi, of course, has a great ground game, but wasn't committing to the takedown in the 1st and couldn't keep the fight there when he did get it. Iwama was a much better striker than Asahi, showing some really good boxing here to bust Asami's nose early. Iwama would use the jab as both a range finder and to get Asahi to react so he could instead hit him with a big right. After a big 1st round for Iwama, Asahi regrouped and started using his striking to set up the takedown, but Iwama turned his ground and pound against him with a real close call on the armbar. Had Iwama been able to get Asahi flattened out either way instead of both men being on their side, I'm sure he would have finished with this armbar. Round 2 was much more back and forth than round 1 with Iwama doing no damage with his boxing, but getting the other submission attempt (not even close) with a guard pull guillotine. Iwama didn't give Asahi a chance go get his ground game going in round 3, landing a flying knee at the bell that sent Asahi into desperation mode. Asahi was able to pull guard, but trapped himself in the corner, and Iwama postured up and dropped bombs on him until the stoppage. I really enjoyed this match, as both had their strengths, and were able to use them often as there were so many position changes. You always felt either guy could win if they could fight in their domain, and I don't want to sell Iwama short, he may not have been a takedown guy, but he had some good submission skills. Good match.
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Sanae Kikuta vs. Pshemek Wallace R1 1:52. Kikuta did a jumping slam off what seemed to be a guard jump attempt by Wallace and pounded him out on the ground from the mount.
16th IMPACT 10/30/04: Cristiano Kaminishi vs. Junpei Hamada R1 1:58. Kaminishi showed a lot of composure for a debuting fighter, and some excellent BJJ including a textbook Americana to the mount. Hamada nearly won with a heel hook after Kaminishi caught his kick and tripped him up. Kaminishi was limping after the fight, but Kaminishi didn't worry about whatever was damaged during it, going right to the attack as soon as he escaped and taking Hamada's guard apart. Kaminishi used a series of punches and even a few double axehandles from the high mount until Hamada turned to his side for the stoppage.
22nd IMPACT 12/2/05: Gegard Mousasi vs. Tsuyoshi Kurihara R1 0:10. Kurihara knew he couldn't stand with Mousasi, but Mousasi wouldn't allow him to tie him up, countering by pulling his head down into a huge knee to the head that turned Kurihara's lights out.
22nd IMPACT 12/2/05: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Muangfahlek Kiatwichkien R1 2:26. Maeda hit a flying knee into a double leg takedown at the bell. Maeda loves to strike, but against a muay thai without much mat skill, he smartly did it by posturing up on the ground. Kiatwichkien appeared to have little more concept of the guard than your typical UFC 1 fighter, and Maeda was just pummeling him. Kiatwichkien had so little idea of what he was doing from his back that Maeda eventually just stood over his chest and dropped punches down then finished with a soccer kick.
22nd IMPACT 12/2/05: Masakazu Imanari vs. Mike Brown R2 3:38. Brown was a poor matchup for Imanari, who was actually doing well in standup with the left body kick, but still couldn't help himself but to give Brown top position. Brown's wrestling is too solid though, and he wasn't going to take any chances, so the majority of the fight was Brown doing a safe, sustainable ground and pound until the ref stood them. Imanari still managed to throw a couple submissions up, but Brown just wasn't giving him the openings. High level wrestling is obviously a good skill to have, but it also makes the ground dull because the fight just gets locked down in positions where there may be some strikes, but there's not enough space for them to have any power, so it all winds up being a very numbing repetition of short robotic motions. That being said, at least the finish was awesome with Imanari faking the left body kick twice and instead doing a floating right high kick then dropping to the ground and using a breakdance move to take Brown down in an ankle hold that bent his knee at an awful 90 degree outside angle. Below average match.
24th IMPACT 4/11/06: Cyrille "The Snake" Diabate vs. Yasuhito Namekawa R2 2:22. Old school striker vs. grappler match that ultimately came down to stamina rather than skill in either discipline. Namekawa grounded Diabate in the 1st round, but burned so much energy getting him down that he was blown up early in the 2nd. Diabate found his moment, and landed a big knee down the middle then a short left and overhand right to drop Namekawa, finishing with hammerfists. Average match.
1st IMPACT 1/8/01: Kengo Watanabe vs. Osamu Tachihikari R1 0:22. Tachihikari was that much worse in MMA than in puroresu. Watanabe just cracked him with overhand rights, and Tachihikari's only answer was to clinch, but he didn't do anything to stop the overhand rights from coming, so they did until he was down and out.
16th IMPACT 10/30/04: Anthony Netzler vs. Kaleo Suzuki R1 2:10. Netzler was there to do muay thai, and was doing a good job of using his jab and inside leg kicks to keep wrestler Suzuki off him. Netzler soon followed the jab with the right cross to the chin for a spectacular KO where Suzuki crumpled in the opposite direction of the punch's momentum.
16th IMPACT 10/30/04 1st DEEP Welterweight Title Decision Match: Jutaro Nakao vs. Daisuke Nakamura R3 3:16. Entertaining, high level, back and forth ground fight. Though their skills were modern, and they had a firm grasp of positioning, the fight was somehow still a throwback to the mid 90's when positions were changing regularly. The bottom fighter was just as active and aggressive as the top fighter, getting sweeps and submission attempts. The style and quality of the match was best exemplified by the segment at the end of the 1st where Nakao went for an armbar, but Nakamura reversed the position and nearly had his own armbar, but the round ended. These guys were so evenly matched, with Nakao just being a little better at getting the takedowns and passing guard, so Nakamura was always having to valiantly dig himself out of a whole. Both guys fought their heart out, and were trying anything they could think of to take home the title. The finish came when Nakamura got back to his feet momentarily, but Nakao jumped a reverse bodylock and almost had a rear naked choke. Nakamura was able to turn out, but that gave Nakao the mount, and Nakao was able to pound Nakamura out. Excellent match.
15th IMPACT 7/3/04, Welterweight Tournament 1st Round: Shinya Aoki vs. Seichi Ikemoto R2 0:52. A super fun series of submission attempts leading to reversals. I love matches like this where the only goal is to finish, and if that means you might lose position trying to win then so be it. It started in round 1 where Aoki went for an armbar out of mount, but each guy had an answer, often one you don't often see. In round 2, Aoki wound up on his back after a wild kick attempt, but got guard and threw up his legs for a winning armbar. Very good match.
10th IMPACT 6/25/03: Kazuki Okubo vs. Tetsuya Onose R1 1:32. Okubo appeared to be the better striker for the 1st minute, moving well laterally and landing the more solid shots. Once Onose hit him once though, it was all downhill. He backed him into the corner and landed a good right hook then a left and overhand right for the finish.
24th IMPACT 4/11/06: Muscle Hiranuma vs. Barbarian Nishida R1 1:02. Tough man MMA right out of UFC 1. Nishida just charged forward throwing wild punches, but Muscle almost immediately dropped him with an overhand right, got his back, and punched away then got a choke sleeper with Nishida ultimately tapping the ropes to submit. I'm sure Butterbean would have been proud...
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Akihiro Gono vs. Dustin Denes 3R. A quality technical and strategic ground fight. Denes wanted nothing to do with the striking game. He'd just immediately shoot for the takedown, and pull guard when it failed. Gono was on top the whole match, but Denes was working his BJJ submissions from the bottom, the most exciting of which was a triangle in round 1 that Gono slammed his way out of. Though judges would likely score the fight for Gono simply because he was on top, it was Denes that was actually keeping him in that position the entire fight rather than on his feet where he wanted to be. Denes was attacking from his guard (or at least keeping Gono from opening up by making him defend) for much of the first 2 1/2 rounds then Gono finally passed to half guard and got a couple good punches in only to have Denes throw up another triangle. Finally, at the very end, Gono pulled out and stood, but instead of disengaging and making the ref force Denes to stand, he just dove back down with a punch. I felt like Denes was the one making all the attempts to finish, but ultimately I was okay with the judges ruling this a draw. Above average match.
22nd IMPACT 12/2/05: Takeshi Yamazaki vs. Takeshi Matsushita R2 4:44. Good standup action, but Matsushita was getting the better of it with his sharp 3 punch combinations. Yamazaki wanted to get it to the ground, but Matsushita's takedown defense was better than his takedowns. Finally, in the 2nd Matsushita stuffed another takedown, kicked Yamazaki when he was on his knees, and tried to rear mount, but Yamazaki slipped out the backdoor and took the top. Once it was on the mat, the difference in skill was stunning, and Yamazaki quickly passed to side mount and worked a Kimura, settling into an armbar for the win. Above average match. Above average match.
16th IMPACT 10/30/04: Daisuke Nakamura vs. Yuji Hoshino R1 4:33. After a questionable standup took his top control away, Hoshino rocked Nakamura with an uppercut and really let his hands loose. Hoshino has some serious hand speed, and Nakamura wanted no part of it, so tried for a throw then dropped into a heel hook. Hoshino took Nakamura's back and punched him until Nakamura released and well after, bloodying his nose. Back on their feet, Hoshino was landing again until Nakamura tried a wild high kick followed by a spinning back kick. Somehow this kung fu theater stuff changed the distance and threw Hoshino off and Nakamura KO'd him with a short right hook counter. I did not see this coming at all. I thought Nakamura had a chance in the ground game, but certainly Hoshino seemed the far superior striker even if he was a bit overaggressive and offensive oriented in his approach.
24th IMPACT 4/11/06: Gegard Mousasi vs. Hidetada Irie R2 1:29. Mousasi was moving with such speed and fluidity. He was leagues above Irie in the striking game, but Irie had some success dragging him into a grappling game, even if he took punishment doing so. Even on the ground though, Mousasi mounted and worked him over with punches then nearly had a rear naked choke halfway outside of the ring when the 1st round ended. Mousasi stuffed a takedown early in the 2nd and came down in mount, throwing a few punches before Irie's corner surprisingly threw the towel in. I'm sure it was for the best though, as there was no doubt Mousasi was much too good for Irie, and Irie was just going to take tons more punishment if the fight continued. Though Mousasi was obviously a true talent, this was too one-sided to be all that awesome. Average match.
TG: Sarah George vs. Ning. George was the more physical of the two, and that along with a lot of aggression made up for her lack of experience. She landed a beautiful Karate Kid kick at the end of the 1st & knocked Ning down with both a knee in the corner then a left/right punch combo in the 2nd to finish it.
24th IMPACT 4/11/06: Ikusa Nakadai vs. Yutaro Miyamoto R1 3:14
6th IMPACT 9/7/02: Ryo Chonan vs. Katsumi Usuda
17th IMPACT 12/18/04: Masakazu Imanari vs. Renato Tavares
6th IMPACT 9/7/02: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka
15th IMPACT 7/3/04: Satoko Shinashi vs. Su Jeong Sim R1 2:50
6th IMPACT 9/7/02: Dokonjonosuke * Mishima vs. Takafumi Ito
25th IMPACT 8/4/06: Ryuta Sakurai vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam R1 4:47
21st IMPACT 10/28/05: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Tomomi Iwama R1 0:32
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Yuki Kondo vs. Paulo Filho
21st IMPACT 10/28/05: Yasuhito Namekawa vs. Jong Hyuk Moon R1 2:33
15th IMPACT 7/3/04: Daisuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Onose R1 0:50
25th IMPACT 8/4/06: Hisae Watanabe vs. Satoko Shinashi R1 3:54
6th IMPACT 9/7/02: Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Ikuhisa Minowa 3R
25th IMPACT 8/4/06: Masakazu Imanari vs. Fredson Paixao 3R
21st IMPACT 10/28/05: Atsuhiro Tsuboi vs. Muangfahlek Kiatwichkien R2 1:32
clubDeep 11/24/03, 69kg Tournament 1st Round: Masaya Horinochi vs. Ippo Watanuki R1 0:33
25th IMPACT 8/4/06: Roan Carneiro vs. Daisuke Ishii 3R
11th IMPACT 7/13/03: Gleison Tibau vs. Eiji Mitsuoka R2 3:41
28th IMPACT 2/16/07: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Hidenobu Koike R2 4:33
25th IMPACT 8/4/06: Anthony Netzler vs. Muscle Hiranuma R1 0:20
10th IMPACT 6/25/03: Hidehisa Matsuda vs. Shoichi Ichimiya R1 3:39
15th IMPACT 7/3/04: Kazuki Okubo vs. Ill Num Kim R2 1:49
25th IMPACT 8/4/06: Jutaro Nakao vs. Kosei Kubota R2 2:08
21st IMPACT 10/28/05: Mike Thomas Brown vs. Takeshi Yamazaki 3R
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Kazuki Okubo vs. Kato Kung Lee R1 3:05
12th IMPACT 9/15/03: Koji Kanechika vs. Jun Ishii R3 2:11
6th IMPACT 9/7/02: Dos Caras, Jr. vs. Tatsuaki Nakano R1 4:05
17th IMPACT 12/18/04: Ryuta Sakurai vs. Ryuki Ueyama R1 2:40
18th IMPACT 2/12/05: Ryo Chonan vs. Roan Carneiro R3 2:15
11th IMPACT 7/13/03: Ana Michelle Tavares vs. Yuka Tsuji R1 3:55
17th IMPACT 12/18/04: Yoshinori Kawakami vs. Toshiyuki Moriya (Nise Onita) R1 0:45
15th IMPACT 7/3/04, Welterweight Tournament 1st Round: Jutaro Nakao vs. Kenji Arai R1 4:04
28th IMPACT 2/16/07: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Won Jin Eoh R1 4:25
11th IMPACT 7/13/03: Masakazu Imanari vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima R2 2:58
15th IMPACT 7/3/04: Kazuki Okubo vs. Ill Num Kim R2 1:49
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Takehiro Murahama vs. Joao Roque
22nd IMPACT 12/2/05: Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Daisuke Nakamura 2R
26th IMPACT 10/10/06: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Kosei Kubota R1 2:46
29th IMPACT 4/13/07: Murilo Bustamante vs. Ryuta Sakurai R1 3:50
8/12/11 Enf S3 1st Round: Eddie Walker vs. Urim Saiti R3. A somewhat one-sided fight, but Saiti showed so much heart you never believed he was out of it. Walker was strong, but plodding. He felt Saiti out in the dull 1st then let loose early in the 2nd, wobbling Saiti with a right hand and then getting a standing 8 count with a series of body shots and knees against the ropes. Saiti was very resiliant though, and Walker punched himself out trying to finish him, eventually allowing Saiti to make a run in the 3rd with a series of hooks only to have Walker land a short right when Saiti was off balance bringing his knee back for what was for some reason called a knockdown. Walker felt he'd hurt Saiti and went in for the kill with hooks and knees, but Saiti fired back with some good hooks of his own. Walker just shook it off though and landed a left low kick to set up a right cross for the stoppage. Technically, this wasn't the best match, especially where Saiti was concerned, but Saiti impressed with his willpower and refusal to give up.
16th IMPACT 10/30/04: Cristiano Kaminishi vs. Junpei Hamada R1 1:58
29th IMPACT 4/13/07: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Naoki Matsushita R2 1:17
29th IMPACT 4/13/07: Joe Doerksen vs. Dae Won Kim R1 3:35
26th IMPACT 10/10/06, DEEP Featherweight Title Match: Masakazu Imanari vs. Takeshi Yamazaki R3 1:49
26th IMPACT 10/10/06: Hiroshi Nakano vs. Hirokazu Konno R1 1:55
29th IMPACT 4/13/07: Cristiano Kaminishi vs. Henry 'Sentoryu' Miller R1 4:00
18th IMPACT 2/12/05: Masakazu Imanari vs. Yoshiro Maeda 3R
29th IMPACT 4/13/07: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Takuhiro Kamikozono 2R
26th IMPACT 10/10/06: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Kosei Kubota R1 2:46
Enf S3 R1 8/12/11: Andrew Tate vs. Sammy Masa
9th IMPACT 5/5/03: Eiji Ishikawa vs. Ryuta Sakurai R2 4:22
9th IMPACT 5/5/03: Tomoyuki Fukami vs. Nariatsu Iwasaki R1 3:25
23rd IMPACT 2/5/06: Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Shigetoshi Iwase 2R
18th IMPACT 2/12/05, DEEP Lightweight Title Match: Tomomi Iwama vs. Dokonjonosuke * Mishima 3R
14th IMPACT 4/18/04: Daisuke Hanazawa vs. Ken Hamamura
17th IMPACT 12/18/04: Hidetada Irie vs. Jin O Kim R3 3:31
31st IMPACT 8/5/07: Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. Iro Zeki (Kosaku Shikimasu) R1 1:06
23rd IMPACT 2/5/06: Miku Matsumoto vs. Yuki Furudate R1 2:52
18th IMPACT 2/12/05: Hiromitsu Miura vs. Hirohide Fujinuma 2R
31st IMPACT 8/5/07: Dongi Yang vs. Keigo Takamori R1 1:57
41 IMPACT 4/16/09: Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Jae Hyun So R1 2:31
3 IMPACT 12/23/01: Rambaa Somdet vs. Takumi Yano 3R
7 IMPACT 12/7/02: Yuki Ishikawa vs. Yasuhito Namekawa
37 IMPACT 8/17/08, DEEP Women's Lightweight Title Match: MIKU (Miku Matsumoto) vs. Misaki Takimoto R 2 4:40
28th IMPACT 2/16/07, DEEP Middleweight Title Match: Ryuta Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan 3R
20th IMPACT 11/3/05: Takeshi Yamazaki vs. Barbaro44 (Yoshihiro Tomioka) R1 4:31
2nd IMPACT 8/18/01: Adrian Serrano vs. Wataru Sakata
9th IMPACT 5/5/03: Hikaru Sato vs. Electroshock (Edgar Luna Pozos) R2 0:57
20th IMPACT 11/3/05: Satoko Shinashi vs. Noriko Okamoto R1 0:48
5 IMPACT 6/9/02: Eiji Ishikawa vs. Ryo Chonan 2R majority decision
4 IMPACT 3/20/02: Rambaa Somdet vs. Mitsuhisa Sunabe 3R
32 IMPACT 10/9/07: Muscle Hiranuma vs. Masanari Hosaka R1 3:47
40 IMPACT 2/20/09: Seichi Ikimoto vs. Hidetaka Monma R1 1:42
26 IMPACT 10/10/06: Kazunori Yokota vs. Michihiro Omigawa 3R
5 IMPACT 6/9/02: Takafumi Ito vs. Ikuto Hidaka R1 1:54
21st IMPACT 10/28/05: Cristiano Kaminishi vs. Takahiro Oba 1R
3 IMPACT 12/23/01: El Canek (Felipe Estrada) vs. Osamu Tachihikari (Osamu Kawahara) R1 4:55
35 IMPACT 5/19/08, DEEP Middleweight Title Tournament Semifinal: Riki Fukuda vs. Yuya Shirai 2R
20th IMPACT 9/3/05: Kazunori Yokota vs. Hiroki Nagaoka 2R
35 IMPACT 5/19/08, DEEP Middleweight Title Tournament Semifinal: Daijiro Matsui vs. Nakanishi
4 IMPACT 3/20/02: Wataru Sakata vs. Irison
50 IMPACT 10/24/10: Jung vs. Maruyama
28 IMPACT 2/16/07: Hisae Watanabe vs. Seo Hee Ham 2R
3 12/23/01: Kobota vs. Sakata
37 8/17/08: DJ taiki vs. Man Kim
28 2/16/07: Hasegawa vs. Nakao
41 IMPACT 4/16/09: Hirukawa vs. Miyashita
32 10/9/07: Kawaguchi vs. Mizuguchi
5 6/9/02: Takaharu Murahama vs. Yuji Hoshino R 2 1:23
29 4/13/07: Hisae Watanabe vs. Masako Yoshida 2 1:19
50 10/24/10: Imanari vs. DJ taiki
4 3/30/02: Gustavo Machado vs. Yuki Sasaki 3R
29 4/13/07: Nakadai vs. Iwase
7 12/8/02: Tuppervar vs. Iwama
7 12/8/02: Nalipon vs. Yamazaki
50 10/24/10: Sak Kim vs. Kikuta
9 IMPACT 5/5/03: Okubo vs. Kato Kung Lee Jr.
31 8/5/07: Ishikawa vs. Tomioka
9 IMPACT 5/5/03: Fukami vs. Iwasaki
13 1/22/04: Omuro vs. Shinashi
50 10/24/10: Shinya Aoki vs. Sithoar
4 3/30/02: Takehiro Murahama vs. Joao Roque
37 9/17/08: Soo Lim vs. Maximkin
32 10/9/07: Kunioku vs. Ikemoto
35 5/19/08: Iwase vs. Nakao
50 10/24/10: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Takafumi Otsuka 3R
1 6/8/01: Siouljine vs. Kimura
21 10/29/05: Vieira vs. Nagaoka
35 5/19/08: Iseno vs. Andrade
55 8/24/11: Lucas vs. Shinohara
52 2/25/11: Nakanishi vs. Ryuta Sakurai
44 2/28/10: Christian M'Pumbu vs. Sakuragi
44 2/28/10: Iwase vs. Ishikawa
31 8/5/07: Ishikawa vs. Tomioka
51 12/11/11: Sekine vs. Mizuguchi
18 2/12/05: Shirai vs. Sato
49 8/27/10: Ryuta Sakurai vs. Fukuda
54 6/24/11: Harai vs. Harada
37 8/17/08: Yusaku Tsukumo vs. Yasushi Kitazaki R1 3:04
50 10/24/10 Yuya Shirai vs. Shigetoshi Iwase 3R
48 7/3/10: Hiroshi Nakamura vs. Tomohiko Hori 2R
52 2/25/11: Tomioka vs. Andrade
57 2/18/12: Bernard Ackah vs. Yuki Niimura
23 2/5/06: Shigetoshi Iwase vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa 2R
CAGE IMPACT 1st Round 10/29/11: Ketsuya Toida vs. Katsunori Yokota
54 10/14/11: Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Choi
15 7/3/04: Hirohide Fujinuma vs. Yoshinori Momose
51 12/11/10: Yasuaki Kishimoto vs. Kosuke Umeda R1 1:30
Kamil Szymuszowski vs. Mindaugas Verzbickas 3R Unanimous Decision
Marcin Wojcik vs. Michal Fijalka 3R Unanimous Decision
Lukasz Chlewicki vs. Azi Thomas 3R Unanimous Decision
Rafal Moks vs. Robert Radomski 3R Split Dec
Marcin Wrzosek vs. Filip Wolanski 3R Unanimous Decision
KSW Lightweight Title Decision Match: Mateusz Gamrot vs. Mansour Barnaoui 3R Unanimous Decision
Michal Materla vs. Antoni Chmielewski 4:12 R1
Marcin Rozalski vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski 1:46 R2
KSW Middleweight Title Match: Mamed Khalidov vs. Aziz Karaoglu 3R Majority Dec
Best of Deep 12/11/15
6/24/11: Tomomi Iwama vs. Myung-Sik Kwak
2/18/12: Hirohide Fujinuma vs. Seigo Mizuguchi R1 1:20
6/15/12: Toshiaki Kitada vs. Katsunori Tsuda R2 1:26
12/16/11 Welterweight Title Match: Yuya Shirai vs. Taisuke Okuno 3R
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