DEEP held a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday and announced the followings.
DEEP Mega-ton (open-weight) champ Ken Hasegawa relinquished his belt. This was not a big surprise because Hasegawa signed with Titan FC and fought at 205 lbs. Since his North American debut, Hasegawa publicly has been mentioning more than few times about his plan of going down to 185 lbs.
Because of this, in the upcoming DEEP 73, Singh "HEAT" Jaideep and Carlos Toyota will fight for a vacant DEEP Mega-ton title.
Just three days before the show DEEP added a title fight.
According to DEEP head Shigeru Saeki, "I always wanted Singh to fight for DEEP and I have been looking for his opponent for a while but it weren't many choices when it comes to open-weight fighters. Till three days ago I had another fighter in mind for Singh."
Also DEEP revealed that the RIZIN boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara will be "visiting" the show,
Jaideep is an Indian citizen currently living in Japan.
He made a pro kickboxing debut back in 2006. Won J-NETWORK title in 2008, followed by conquering K-1 WORLD 2009 ASIA GP, and also won RISE HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT in 2011. Basically he has dominated the domestic kickboxing heavyweight scene from 2009 but this also resulted in a situation where Jaideep no longer can find opponent in Japan. Meaning, it became extremely difficult for him to get fights. Also even before making a pro kick boxing debut, Jaideep was training MMA once a week, and that is the reason why he signed with Super Fight League (SFL).
Although he scored a first-round KO in his MMA debut in SFL, Jaideep suffered an injury in training which forced him to sidelined for an entire year. He is now back in full training but the situation was the same. There are no opponent for Jaideep in the Japanese kick boxing world so he has decided to take on an opportunity to fight for DEEP Mega-ton title.
His opponent, Toyota, is a third-generation Japanese Brazilian that lives in Nagoya. Toyota's base as a fighter is Kyokushin Karate but he is also a BJJ black belt. He has a win over notable Japanese fighters like Daijiro Matsui and Daijyu Takase. Recently, in Road FC's first Japan show in July of this year, Toyota has KO'd Hong Man Choi with a right left hook.
Saturday, October 17th, 2015
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30
Fight Starts – 18:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP Flyweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Motoya (Japan / CM IMPACT) vs Sota Kojima (Japan / Yoshida Dojo)
DEEP Mega-tonweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Singh "HEAT" Jaideep (India / Freelance) vs Carlos Toyota (Brazil / Hard Combat)
Juri Ohara (Japan / KIBA Martial Arts) vs Hirohito Uesako (Japan / Team Cloud)
Yuki Takano (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS) vs Michito Abe (Japan / Kanjuku)
Ken Hamamura (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Takuya Oyama (Japan / INFIGHT JAPAN)
Hirotaka Miyaka (Japan / ALLIANCE – TEAM Yude Tamago) vs Ryo IFK (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS)
Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida (Japan / HALEO TOP TEAM) vs Kimihiro Eto (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai HEARTS)
Tatsuya Mizuno (Japan / Freelance) vs Jun-Hee Moon (Korea / Team Mask Man – CMA Korea)
VIP – 15,000 yen
SRS – 10,000 yen
A – 8,000 yen
B – 6,500 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata
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