Motoya's first title defense is going to be against Sota Kojima from Yoshida Dojo.
Kojima basically spent most of his pro MMA career in DEEP. Sure he has fought for Pancrase and ZST as well but ever since he won DEEP Future King tourney in 2011 Kojima has been only fighting in DEEP. (TTF can be considered as partner promotion of DEEP) Recently he is riding on a five-fight win streak so definitely Kojima is the best challenger at this weight class now. At age 28, with 27 pro fights under his belt, Koijma maybe in the peak years of his career.
However, Motoya is looking even better.
Since 2012 Motoya is 11-1 with 3 KO/TKO wins and 3 submission wins.
The only loss was a very close split decision against Tatsumitsu Wada, the former champion at the flyweight division. Motoya is currently on a six-fight win streak and those wins were against top fighters like WEC / DREAM veteran Yoshiro Maeda, PRIDE veteran Masakazu Imanari, current King of Pancrase Kiyotaka Shimizu, and former RFA champ Matt Manzanares. And, he pretty much dominated all of them. He is only 25 years old. Still getting better everyday. Probably UFC ready too.
Unless something drastic happens, even for a veteran like Kojima, right now, beating Motoya seems like a very tall order.
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)
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)
Scheduled to Fight
Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida (Japan / HALEO TOP TEAM)
Tatsuya Mizuno (Japan / Freelance)
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
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)