DEEP confirmed two veterans, Tatsuya Mizuno and Yoshiyuk "Zenko" Yoshida for DEEP 73.
In June of this year, Tatsuya Mizuno fought in Japan for the first time in four years.
However, just about two minutes into the fight, from the accidental head butt Mizuno sliced his eye lid. The doctor determined that Mizuno can't continue and the fight was declared as technical draw.
Throughout his career, Mizuno got opportunities in M-1, DREAM, K-1, ProElite, Glory and ONE but just couldn't shine to the occasion. At age 34 he doesn't have much years left in his gas tank so Mizuno has to be thinking, this is his last shot at getting back ti bigger promotions. Winning few or perhaps winning title in DEEP may get him somewhere.
UFC / Bellator veteran Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida was really on a good run from 2011. He was riding on a 6-fight win streak but shut down by Satoru Kitaoka on last New Year's Eve. Followed by a convincing loss to Kota Shimoishi, one of the best lightweight prospects from Osaka.
Yoshida just turned 41 and these two losses basically closed a possibility of making a come back to the major MMA promotions in North America yet he has obviously continued to fight.
Both of their opponents are yet to be determined.
It would be great to see these guys beating young prospects to re-claim their fame but at the same time, for the Japanese MMA, those fighters in the 20's has to overcome these veterans.
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
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