DEEP 74 – 12/20/2015: Yokota vs Imanari Confirmed
Two top veterans in DEEP's featherweight division, Kazunori Yokota and Masakazu Imanari, will collide in DEEP 74.
Although Yokota is the current DEEP featherweight champ, this is going to be a non-title bout.
Yokota is currently on a 14-fight win streak including a win over King of Pancrase / Bellator veteran Isao Kobayashi.
Imanari struggled when he went down to the bantamweight then to the flyweight division but once he came back to 145 lbs, he has been winning four fights in a row.
These two maybe 37 and 39 but they are both still winning, against today's top guys in Japan.
In addition, 80 pro MMA fights and four DEEP titles between these two, and that's an "experience". Also, the other way to look at these two is, at this time of their career, one loss can be devastating in terms of them trying to get to the bigger promotions.
So, this is the fight they both can't really afford to lose, which means, we can expect a very good fight from these two veterans.
The current DEEP bantamweight champion Takafumi Otsuka, is also fighting in a non-title bout. His opponent is Ken Saotome from team R-BLOOD.
Originally, DEEP wanted Otsuka to defend his belt against Koichi Ishizuka in this show but Ishizuka's injury changed everything.
Saotome certainly is not a title fight calibre but in last nine fights, he posted 7 wins and 2 draws. Not bad at all so Otsuka shouldn't take him lightly.
Sunday, December 20th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:00
Fight Starts – 14:30
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
Featherweight Bout (Non-title) 5 min / 3R
Kazunori Yokota (Japan / Freelance) vs Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN)
Bantamweight Bout (Non-title) 5 min / 3R
Takafumi Otsuka (Japan / AACC) vs Ken Saotome (Japa / R-BLOOD)
Kota Ishibashi (Japan / DOBUITA) vs Haruki Nakayama (Japan / GRABAKA)
LUIZ (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs Seita Katsuki (Japan / Souten juku Yokohama)
Yusaku Fujisawa (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs Hiroshi "Chantamo" Hayashi (Japan / Honey Trap)
Isamu Odagiri (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Dojo) vs Iyori Akiba (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Naoki Inoue (Hakushinkai) vs Takahiro Okoshi (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO MMA)
Yoshihiko Shinzato (Japan / MAKUGAN) vs Koumei Okada (Japan / PUREBRED)
Takuya Kanai (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Seio DATE (Japan / Team DATE)
Akihiro Ogawa (Japan / CAVE) vs DARANI DATE (Team DATE)
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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