UFC veteran Rin Nakai signed with DEEP and will take on Young-Jin Kim from Korea in DEEP 82.
The promotion announced this on Wednesday.
Nakai fought Kanako Murata in RIZIN back in December 2016 so this is going to be her first fight in 14 months.
Her opponent, Kim, made a pro debut against KING Reina in DEEP last year and lost via armbar. Just month after this fight Kim fought Sarah Jane McCann in Shooto and lost in an unanimous decision.
After losing first two pro fights Kim went back to Korea and fought Yoshiko Hirano in Road FC and finally won. Hirano is a known pro-wrestler in Japan and that is probably one of the reasons Kim got a call from DEEP.
Also, obviously, this is a tune-up fight for Nakai to get to RIZIN later this year since DEEP JEWELS is sort of like the women’s minor league of RIZIN. In that sense, Kim is a good choice for this fight.
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doos Open – 16:00
Fight Starts – 16:15
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP Middleweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Tatsuya Mizuno (Japan / Independent) vs Taisuke Okuno (Japan / CAVE)
Ken Hasegawa (Japan / Independent) vs Genpei Hayashi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai IGGY HAND’S GYM)
Koichi Ishizuka (Japan / Independent) vs Kazuhide Shirota (Japan / NEXUSENSE)
Daisuke Endo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai IGGY HAND’S GYM) vs Chiaki Wakana (Japan / Ranger Gym)
Takashi Ono (Japan / FREEDOM@OZ) vs Yuta Hashimoto (Japan / CAVE)
Yuki Motoya (Japan / Independent) vs Jae Eun Byeon (Korea / CMA KOREA)
Women’s Flyweight Bout
Rin Lakai (Japan / Shooto Dojo Shikoku) vs Young-Jin Kim (Korea / TEAM J)
Kota Ishibashi (Japan / DOBUITA) vs Makoto Takahashi (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)
Report by Shu Hirata
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