Usually in Japan, the promoter has to do everything in their power to make the fight.
That's just their culture. Once you promise something to the public then you just have to try your absolute maximum best to deliver at any circumstances. That is, even if a fighter is injured couple days before the show.
And, in the country where no athletic commission exists, because of this "effort" by the promoters, sometimes, we do see obvious lopsided match-ups. Just like what we are seeing right now with DEEP.
On Monday, DEEP announced Katsuyoshi Beppu is injured, therefore, an 18-year old Hyuk Jin Jang is going to face Masakazu Imanari on August 29th.
This is going to be Jang's pro MMA debut, and he is stepping into the cage to take on a PRIDE veteran with 37 pro MMA fights on resume.
Almost definitely, all athletic commissions on this planet would never approve this fight.
But in the country with no commissions, apparently, the safety issue of fighters are somehow not on top priority.
Things got little better on the next day though. Not much but better because DEEP announced Jang is now injured and his team mate, a 22-year old Moon Hwang Yang is taking over and will take on Imanari. Besides being Jang's team mate, and one single photo, no other info in regards to Yang were released from DEEP.
Hard to tell from the photo but Yang looks really young.
But this also doesn't mean we are going to see a one-sided fight.
Just like a 16-year old Ye Ji Lee that fought Satoko Shinashi in Road FC 24, Yang could hang in there for a while.
However, in general term, matching 16 or 18 years old, with no pro experiences, against a pro fighter that has over 40 fights had to be considered "dangerous". And in the countries where no athletic commissions exist, the only way to regulate this is, either or both promoters and trainers / team owners to make their own rules.
DEEP CAGE IMPACT 2015
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 14:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kazunori Yokota (Japan / Freelance) vs Keijiro Takahashi (Japan / Mach Dojo)
Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Tatsumitsu Wada (Japan / Yoshida Dojo) vs Jae Hyun So (Korea / CMA Korea – somissions jiujitsu)
Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN) vs Moon Hwang Yang (Korea / CMA Korea)
Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shigetoshi Iwasa (Japan / T-BLOOD) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan / BLOWS)
Daisuke Endo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai IGGY HAND'S GYM) vs Ken Saotome (Japan / R-BLOOD)
Hideno Koike Retirement Match Supportedy Bu Saito Clnic
Yuki Sasaki (Japan / GRABAKA) vs Hideonbu Koie (Japan / GRABAKA)
LUIZ (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs Hibiki Tamura (Japan / Paraestra Osaka
Yasuhiro Kawasaki (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai HEARTS) vs Kihimiho Eto (Japan / R-BLOOD)
Yuki Ohara (Japan / KIBA Martial Arts) vs Suguru Nii (Japan / Mach Dojo)
Isamu Odagiri (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Dojo) vs Tomohiro Adaniya (Japan /Toushin)
VIP – 15,000 yen
SRS – 10,000 yen
A – 8,000 yen
B – 6,500 yen
General Admission – 5,500 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of DEEP facebook page –